Fred Lordly

Fred Lordly said when built his house on Emscote Drive in 1968, the city approved his storm and sewage pipes. Then he was told he had to separate his sewage from his storm drain. (Yvonne Colbert/CBC)

A Halifax senior says he's not sure how much longer he can keep up his battle with the city’s water commission.

Halifax Water disconnected Fred Lordly from the municipal water supply water almost three months ago, saying it's his responsibility to fix a problem with his pipes.

Since then, the 83 year old has relied on rain water for washing dishes and bottled water for drinking.

But Lordly said it hasn't been easy.

“I'm finding it hard now. It's getting colder and I'm getting older,” he said.

“It really is affecting me. It’s a stiff body. Everything aches and I'm sure it's not having a hot bath.”

Lordly said this is a matter of principle. When he built his house on Emscote Drive in 1968, the city approved his storm and sewage pipes. In July, he was told they are illegal and not hooked up properly. Sewage was running into the Northwest Arm.

Based on the initial approval, Lordly said he should not have to pay for the repairs.

He even took his case to the Utility and Review Board, but he’s been told he must foot the potential $12,000 bill.

“It really bothers me that I'm getting punished for something that was done 40 years ago and I had nothing to do with,” he said.

Lordly said he's received no support from his councillor Waye Mason or the mayor.

On Friday he received a visit from his newly elected MLA, Labi Kousoulis.

“We have a citizen in HRM whose water has been cut off and that's unfortunate for any citizen,” said Kousoulis.

He promised to talk to the water commission and do what he can to help.

In the meantime, Lordly said he'll hang on until the temperatures dip below zero, then he'll have to pay for the fix.

He says the first thing he's going to do when his water is restored is shave the beard he started growing the day his water was cut off.