Halifax Water cuts off senior’s water
Lordly has enough water 'for a cup of tea'
Fred Lordly no longer has running water.
The 82-year-old Halifax man has been waging a fight with Halifax Water for the last two years. The utility disconnected his services Monday morning.
Lordly has said that if they cut off his water he can use water from his dehumidifier.
"That would be enough for a cup of tea," he said.
Lordly said when he built his house on Emscote Drive in 1968, the city approved his storm and sewage pipes. Then, in 2011, he was told he had to separate his sewage from his storm drain.
The city said the pipes are intersecting and some sewage is leaking into the Northwest Arm.
But Lordly refused to pay until recently, saying if the city has an issue with his storm runoff they can pay to fix the problem. Lordly said he has been told the job would cost between $5,000 and $12,000.
In May, the south end Halifax man dug up part of his own yard trying to find where his pipes meet the stormwater pipe.
When he couldn't find it, Lordly said he agreed to hire a contractor to investigate whether the connection to the city's wastewater system is even on his property.
He said the contractor he has hired is busy and has not been able to come to his home to perform the work, putting him past the compliance date set by Halifax Water.
The original letter from Halifax Water stated Lordly had until May 31 to correct his connection. That date was then pushed to July 12.
The latest letter states that since Lordly failed to correct the problem, his water would be disconnected "on or after July 26."
Lordly filed a complaint to the Utility and Review Board last year. The UARB ruled he had to fix his illegal cross connection.
Halifax Water issued orders to seven homeowners in the neighbourhood to correct the same problem. So far, they've all complied.
Lordly was the lone holdout.