Stay out of the harbour and some areas should reduce flushing: Wastewater pump has failed (July 31 2022)

Halifax Water is working to repair a failed wastewater pump that is causing screened but untreated wastewater to be released into the Halifax Harbour. Halifax Water staff are working quickly and safely to return the system to normal operations.

While this work continues, residents and visitors are strongly advised not to go swimming or participate in recreational activities requiring water contact in Halifax Harbour until further notice. We have made the applicable federal, provincial, and municipal entities aware of this incident.

To reduce the potential environmental impact during this repair, Halifax Water is asking customers in the areas shown on the attached map to reduce the amount of water they are flushing and pouring into their drains. This will help minimize the potential amount of wastewater released into the environment. To learn more, visit

Residents in the highlighted areas are asked to reduce flushing. (Image: Halifax Water)

We appreciate your assistance in this matter and will issue a status update tomorrow morning.

To ensure the safety of our communities and our staff, please maintain a safe distance when Halifax Water staff or contractors are working in your area.

For more information on Halifax Water, please check, visit us on YouTube, or Twitter @HalifaxWater, Facebook, or call our Customer Care Centre at 902-420-9287.

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