Wells run dry in N.S. communities as drought drags on
Jeff Lagequsit, CTVNews.ca
Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7:53PM EDT
More than a month of severe drought conditions has patience running dry in parts of Nova Scotia where communities are still waiting for much-needed rain.
The southwestern tip of the province and parts of the inland region east of Halifax remain under “severe drought” conditions, according to Environment Canada. Roughly two-thirds of the province is experiencing “abnormally dry conditions.”
Scores of families are relying on local fire halls for showers and drinking water as unseasonably arid conditions leave many residents without running water as wells run dry.
“It’s been hell really,” said Jade Dolliver as she does the family laundry at a Shelburne, N.S. laundromat. “I have a family of five trying to shower, and do laundry, and dishes, and everything. It’s crazy without water.”
Dolliver’s well has been dry since July. She’s been spending $60 per month at the laundromat since her water stopped flowing.
Between 20 and 30 millimeters of rain fell on Monday, but residents are still hauling away water in buckets at the local fire hall.
“(The rain) did increase our lake reservoir by three-quarters of an inch,” said Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatal. “Certainly it’s not enough to impact somebody’s well.”
Rain is in the forecast for some of the hardest hit area on the southern tip of the province. Environment Canada is calling for a 40 per chance of precipitation in Shelburne and Yamouth on Friday and Sunday.
Residents are hoping it will be enough quench the parched province. The military has been put on stand-by to offer assistance to communities if the drought continues.
“The army has a lot of capabilities when it comes to desalination, making water safe, and transporting it,” said MLA Chris D’Entremont. “But of course there is a cost to the province.”
-With files from CTV Atlantic