Water Shortage

During the summer and fall of 2016, residents of southwestern Nova Scotia experienced water shortages because of unusually warm and dry conditions.

Causes of water shortages include human activities, increased usage, problems in the plumbing system, and climatic conditions. Most water shortages are the result of too little precipitation over an extended period of time, usually a season or more.

Private Wells

A factsheet is available that provides general information and advice to homeowners on water shortages. Information is also available on how to ensure safe drinking water if your well has run dry.

Residents experiencing water supply issues should contact their local municipality so that they can track the problem and provide advice.

Help for farmers

Government has programs to help farmers who need advice on operations or who are facing losses due to damage to crop or livestock.

Crop and Livestock insurance

The Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission is an insurance program that supports Nova Scotia’s farmers who may face crop or livestock losses. The program is funded through AgriInsurance with the federal government.

You need to be enrolled in AgriInsurance in order to qualify for coverage.

To learn more, including how to enroll and which crops and livestock qualify for coverage, contact the commission toll-free at 1-800-565-6371.

Advice for Farmers

The Department of Agriculture has regional staff who provide advice about programs and services, including how to access funding supports.

Access contact information on the website or call toll-free 1-800-279-0825 for the staff contact in your area.

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