Nova Scotia

Boil-water order drags on in Middle Sackville

Residents of a Middle Sackville, N.S., community who have been on a boil-water order for six months are demanding action.

Residents of a Middle Sackville, N.S., community who have been on a boil-water order for six months are demanding action.

Springfield Estates Mobile Home Park has not had clean drinking water since October and it may take more than a year to fix the problem.

David McGee, who has lived in the park for 28 years, said the water is not even fit for a dog to drink. He buys 18-litre jugs of water for cooking, drinking and feeding the animals.

"I think it sucks and I believe that after six months, something should be done to fix it," he said.

He said he and his wife have had clothes stained by the water and it's also discolouring their sinks and bathtub.

$3 million solution

In total, 170 residents are without good water at the park. Brad Johns, the local Halifax Regional Municipality councillor, said work on a provincial roadway is at least partially to blame.

"There was some dumping that went on across the highway, got into the water system, and that's really what's created most of the problem, is my understanding," he said.

Johns said tapping into the municipal water supply is the only solution, but that will cost about $3 million.

"The hope is that we'll be able to have a number of people come to the table and make contributions, the province, perhaps the feds, water commission, residents, and hopefully the park owner as well," he said.

The problem does not appear to have an easy or swift solution, so residents like McGee are preparing to endure the hassle for a while yet.

"I'm stuck here because I'm in retirement and I live on a fixed income," he said. "We now chip in by paying our lot rent, which is supposed to include water supply — drinkable and clean. We can't even feed our dogs the water."

If a cost sharing agreement is reached, residents could have clean city water sometime next summer.

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