James Campbell

Halifax Water spokesperson James Campbell says the utility has a straightforward and consistent process which applies to all developers. (CBC)

A new apartment building on Washmill Lake Drive is just weeks away from its September opening, but there’s a problem — there’s no water service on site.

While water, stormwater and sewer lines have all been installed by the developer, nothing can flow through them until they are signed off on and taken over by Halifax Water.

Peter Giannoulis, the developer, alleges the reason for the problem dates back to when the utility's chief inspector showed up on site last month for an inspection. When the inspector questioned the use of concrete instead of asphalt on the site, Giannoulis threatened to sue.

Because of the lack of water service, Giannoulis has to have 10 to 20 water containers trucked in every day to be used for brick and drywall work.

Halifax Water says it just needs proof that four minor repairs of the system have been done for the problem to be resolved.

“Once we hear back from the developer or the engineering firm that he’s hired that in fact the system is up to design and the engineer that he has hired has signed off on that, then we can proceed with the process,” said Halifax Water spokesperson James Campbell.

He says the problem is simply a communication breakdown between Giannoulis and his engineer and has nothing to do with the concrete and asphalt matter.

“The reality is we have a straightforward process that every developer… whether it’s a 500-unit apartment building or a single-family dwelling has to apply,” said Campbell.