Water Utility

The East Hants Water Utility provides safe drinking water directly to utility customers in the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, and Shubenacadie.  Bulk water is also made available to purchase for account holders at the Bulk Water station located in Enfield.  Currently there are 4 water towers that store and ensure pressure for water distribution across the system.

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Water Rates in East Hants



Water Utility Information:

2019-2020 East Hants Water Utility Operating Budget

East Hants Water Utility Financial Statements 2016-2017

Schedule A – EHWU Rates & Charges: Effective July 1 2017 

Schedule B – EHWU Rates & Charges: Effective April 1 2018

Schedule C – EHWU Rates & Charges: Effective April 1 2019

Schedule D – EHWU Rules and Regulations: Effective July 1 2017



Wastewater Collection & Treatment

Environmental Monitoring Division

Cross Connection Control Program

Water & Wastewater Facilities in East Hants


24 Hour Water & Sewer Emergency



Enfield Water Treatment Plant

Constructed: 1977, upgraded 1991 & 2007
Community: Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz
Population: 6,593

Shubenacadie Water Treatment Plant

Constructed: 2011
Community: Shubenacadie
Population: 874

Engineered Spring

Constructed: 2011
Winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Engineering.

Enfield Bulk Water Station

Constructed: 1990, upgraded 2015

Enfield Water Tower

Constructed: 1977
Storage Volume: 330,000 imp gal

Elmsdale Water Tower

Constructed: 2006
Storage Volume: 1,000,000 imp gal

Lantz Water Tower

Constructed: 1991
Storage Volume: 430,000 imp gal

Shubenacadie Water Tower

Constructed: 2010
Storage Volume: 750,000 imp gal




Water Treatment Process

Water treatment is a part of our multi-barrier approach to providing safe drinking water.

East Hants has 2 Water Treatment Systems:

  • Regional Water Treatment Facility & Distribution System
  • Shubenacadie Water Treatment Facility & Distribution System


The Regional Water Treatment Facility (also known as Enfield Water Treatment Facility) is located in Enfield, NS.  Water from the Shubenacadie River is treated by two DAF units and three mixed media filters before fluoridation and chlorination.  A phosphate mixture is added to the treated water for corrosion control purposes.  Parallel BCA trains from previous upgrade provide the option of increased capacity. The facility serves the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale and Lantz.

The Shubenacadie Water Treatment Facility located in Shubenacadie, NS. Two Production wells supply groundwater to the facility. Two sand filters, two softeners, and a carbon filter are used as treatment before chlorination.  A phosphate mixture is added to the treated water or corrosion control purposes.  The plant uses the existing distribution system from the decommissioned Snide’s Lake Water Treatment Plant to serve the community of Shubenacadie.



Disinfection is considered a critical process of water treatment because it destroys harmful bacteria and viruses in the water. Chlorine has been shown to be an effective agent against waterborne bacteria and viruses. The Nova Scotia Guidelines for Monitoring Public Drinking Water Supplies require that minimum free chlorine residual of 0.2 mg/L should be measured at all points in the water distribution system and must not exceed 4 mg/L at any time.

The amount of chlorine found in our treated water is safe to drink; however, some customers may dislike the taste or odor associated with treated water. Storing water in an uncovered glass container for a few hours will allow the chlorine in the water to dissipate. Alternatively, activated carbon or charcoal filters can remove the background taste of chlorine.

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