Environmental Monitoring

East Hants monitors and reviews data from Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants, as well as water runoff from the Waste Management Center to ensure compliance of Provincial operating approvals.


  • If you witness an environmental emergency please report it by calling 911.
  • For general inquiries, please contact us.                                                                
  • Detailed mapping of watersheds can be found using Interactive East Hants.

Environmental Monitoring Programs


East Hants Waste Management Centre

Waste Management Centre, Georgefield

Waste Management Centre

Our monitoring program began in 2006 and involves quarterly sampling of groundwater and surface water from locations on and nearby the site.  Annually, toxicology (trout lethality) testing on sedimentation pond discharge water and an Aquatic Invertebrate Assessment of streams located off the site is conducted.


Wastewater Treatment Plants & Lagoon

The treated wastewater from our treatment plants located in Milford and Shubenacadie, and our lagoon in Lantz, is sampled regularly for parameters which help determine water quality. Sampling ensures we meet compliance standards put in place to protect water quality, fish and other aquatic life. In addition, fish toxicity tests from the lagoon are required annually for federal regulations.


East Hants Source Water Protection Advisory Committee (SWPAC)

The East Hants Source Water Protection Advisory Committee has been established in order to make recommendations to Council on water protection matters, in accordance with the adopted Terms of Reference. The objective of the Committee is to develop and maintain a source water protection plan which provides the Municipality or Water Utility with advice on matters concerning land-use issues, water quality, levels and flows in the Source Water Protection areas.


Regional Source Water Protection Plan

In 2007, the Municipality of East Hants implemented a plan, in accordance with Nova Scotia Environment requirements, to protect water quality in the 38,265 hectare Grand Lake watershed. This plan has been developed to assess and manage contamination risks to the source water supply of the East Hants Regional Water Utility and provides drinking water to approximately 6,000 people in the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale and Lantz. In addition, 2500-3000 Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and East Hants residents have private water supplies within the watershed.  Click here to learn more.


Shubenacadie Source Water Protection Plan

The Shubenacadie Water Treatment Plant, commissioned in 2012,  provides water to approximately 715 residents and the commercial core of Shubenacadie. Click here to learn more.


How you can help

If you are aware of any environmental incidents, compliance issues, or activities that may impact source water (i.e. malfunctioning septic systems, illegal dumpsites, excessive sedimentation from construction activities, and non-compliance with environmental legislation) contact  Nova Scotia Environment – Environmental Monitoring and Compliance 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476).


Cross Connection Control Program

The Municipality protects, treats and delivers safe drinking water, but our responsibility does not end there. We are required by Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) to enforce the installation of Backflow Prevention (BFP) Devices on water service lines where there is greater potential for a contaminant to enter the distribution system from a customer’s premise through backflow. This is the Municipality’s first step to our Cross Connection Control Program. Click here to learn more.



The Municipality has long recognized the importance of educating the community on environmental issues.  Since 2008 the Municipality has been conducting various educational events helping the public to understand how we directly impact our local environment.

We provide private tours for educational groups for the follow Plants:

  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant

We offer interactive presentations to a variety of age groups on the following topics:

  • Watersheds
  • Recycling


To book a tour, presentation or for any further information on environmental educational events offered by the Municipality please contact us.


East Hants Brownies Tour Water Treatment Plant