News release

Response Continues to Water Shortage

The province continues to support Nova Scotians affected by the water shortage, along with municipalities and community partners.

In partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, Sobey's and Loblaws, 83 pallets of water have been delivered to the hardest-hit communities in southwestern Nova Scotia. A tanker truck has been provided by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to the Barrington municipality to help haul non-drinking water to residents.

"I want to thank our retail partners for their quick and generous response to the need for drinking water," said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. "We have been able to supply a week's worth of water where it is needed the most, and more will be shipped this week."

Dollar Lake Provincial Park and Porters Lake Provincial Park, both in Halifax Regional Municipality, will be available for public use for showers and potable water access from Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free of charge.

Please check in at the park's registration office or follow directions at the park gate.

The following provincial parks will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge for showers and potable water access:

  • Laurie Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Rainbow Haven Beach, Halifax Regional Municipality. A potable water supply and flushable toilet facilities are available, but no showers
  • Oakfield Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality. Potable water supply is available, but no shower or flush toilet facilities

For more information on the help available for people affected by the water shortage, visit http://novascotia.ca/watershortage/ .

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Government continues to support Nova Scotians affected by the water shortage.

Along with the Retail Council of Canada, Sobey's and Loblaws, 83 pallets of water have been delivered to the hardest- hit communities in southwestern Nova Scotia.

The Department of Natural Resources is offering showers and potable water at several provincial parks in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

A tanker truck has been provided by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to the Barrington municipality to help haul non-drinking water to residents.

For more information on the help available for people affected by the water shortage, visit the Emergency Management Office's website.

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