It's been 11 days since the Halifax Water Commission shut off Fred Lordly's water and the battle between the senior citizen and the utility shows no sign of stopping.
With no water, Lordly said he can't shave.
"When the beard's gone, the water's on," he said. "It's getting tough. It really is."
The 82-year-old said when he built his house on Emscote Drive in 1968, the city approved his storm and sewage pipes. Now he’s been told they are illegal and not hooked up properly. He was told to fix them to stop sewage from running into the Northwest Arm.
"That's the only reason I'm fighting this. I don't think it’s my fault at all not one bit," he said.
Lordly said he’s encouraged by support from people who have been dropping off drinking water. He also has buckets ready to collect rain for laundry and dishes.
Lordly said he's been in contact with his councillor, Waye Mason.
In an email to Lordly's daughter, Mason explained the Halifax municipality and the water commission are two separate entities. He also said because of the UARB ruling it's Lordly’s responsibility to fix the problem.
Lordly says he's going to stick to his guns.
"It makes me tired. I go to bed fairly early and then I wake up around three o’clock and that's pretty well it. I think of all these things that have happened. It's hard to believe," he said.
Halifax Water said it takes no pleasure from disconnecting any customer, but it's obliged to apply regulations evenly.