Residents of Harrietsfield may have reason for optimism regarding their drinking water.
On Tuesday, the government of Nova Scotia announced it will determine what needs to be done to remediate land in the area.
It's been 15 years that residents of Harrietsfiled have been dealing with contaminated water.
The province's plans to remediate the site will not impact an ongoing court case against two companies that operated the former RDM recycling site between 2002 and 2013.
Brendan Maguire is the MLA for Halifax Atlantic.
He says this is a historic announcement as it's the first time the department of environment has stepped in to do something like this.
"The first step will be accessing the sight," said Maguire. "They're going to do inventory of what is on the site and then come back with a remediation plan."
Two ministerial orders were issued in 2016, demanding the two companies assess the contamination and submit a plan to remediate it, but the province says the orders have not been followed.
-with files from Matt Brand