NDP helps families keep well water safe

September 20, 2013

(Hammonds Plains, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will help families who get their water from wells make sure it’s clean and healthy for drinking.

“Up to 400,000 families rely on wells to provide their household water yet not many regularly test their well water to make sure it’s clean and healthy. This service will cover the cost of well water tests so families know the water coming from their faucets is safe,” said Dexter.

“Many families in suburban communities rely on wells to get their household water. Safe drinking water is a public health issue that impacts all Nova Scotians. The NDP is working with families, seniors and kids to prevent illness and stay healthy,” said Dexter.

The new service will pay for one well-water test per household per year. The test will look for unsafe levels of Arsenic, Total Coliform and E. Coli.

“This test will give parents the security of knowing the water their kids drink is safe. For those wells that are in need of repair the NDP service will also provide up to $2,000 to make sure the well is fixed and the water is clean and safe,” said the NDP leader.

The service is available to any household with an income of less than $50,000 a year.

“The testing of water is often overlooked,” said 70-year-old Harvey MacAusland of Hammonds Plains. “This will help draw attention to getting our water tested on a regular basis. This is not only a good thing for seniors but I also think it’s a good idea for everyone on a well.”

The province is undertaking a new $1.5-million service that will provide families and seniors with up to $1,000 towards the purchase of a new oil tank and $3,000 to repair or replace their septic systems.

“Oil tanks, septic systems and wells can all be costly items for a family or senior if they need to be repaired or replaced. The NDP is standing up for seniors and families to help make life a little more affordable while also keeping people healthy and protecting the environment.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

Election day is Tuesday, October 8.