Nova Scotia

Harbour Solutions leaves Herring Cove residents dry

Residents in Herring Cove, N.S., are upset that a new sewage treatment plant for Halifax is up and running a few feet from their homes, but they're still stuck on well water.

Residents in Herring Cove, N.S., are upset that a new sewage treatment plant for the Halifax area is up and running a few feet from their homes, but they're still stuck on well water.

About 30 homeowners in the rural Halifax Regional Municipality community were told they would get municipal water and sewage service when the Harbour Solutions project finished, but it ran out of money before they were hooked up.

Brian Dempsey said he does not drink the well water that comes out of his tap in the village because it has a foul smell.

"What needs to happen is they need to get us the water and the sewer like they promised," he said Monday.

HRM had promised the people of Herring Cove they'd get municipal service if they allowed the sewage treatment plant to be built in their neighbourhood.   

"I think it's ridiculous because it's not done," Dempsey said.  "As far as I'm concerned HRM let us down."

Job came in $3M under budget

It cost $12 million to set up municipal water and sewage to most of Herring Cove. The city picked up about three quarters of that bill, but it will cost another $6 million to $8 million to finish the job.

So far, no level of government has come up with the money.

"It's not fair. These residents have been waiting patiently," said Steve Adams, councillor for the area.

"Some are at a point where they have to decide whether to build a new well or fix up their septic. I don't want them to have to have to deal with that. I want them to know that sooner than later there is going to be enough funding to be able to finish the project."    

Last week at city hall, Mayor Peter Kelly thanked Halifax Water  for finishing the Harbour Solutions project $3 million under budget.

Dempsey's last hope is a request from his councillor to have the city cover the cost of the hook up until funding comes through.

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