Man, 82, worries water will be cut off Monday
The lastest development in Fred Lordly's ongoing dispute with Halifax Water
An elderly Halifax man is worried his water will be cut off on Monday, in what has been the latest development in an ongoing dispute with Halifax Water.
Fred Lordly has been refusing to pay the cost of separating his sewage from his storm runoff, until recently.
He says he's fought a two-year battle with Halifax Water.
Lordly told CBC News he noticed someone from Halifax Water was looking around his property earlier this week.
"I thought they might be [there to] help me out, but one of the boys next door said they were going to turn off my water and I couldn't believe that," he said.
He said when 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."
He expects Halifax Water to be back on Monday.
"It's very stressful. I go to bed at seven o'clock and I wake up at three and that's it for [sleep] that night," he said.
Lordly is already thinking of ways he'll cope without water in his home.
"I can rough it. If I stay home, I can go down to the park, I think they have public toilets down there," he said.
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 is the lone holdout.