60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3X9
Tel: 902-543-4651 Fax: 902-543-6876
Emergency After Hours Tel: 902-543-5142

St. Phillips Street Playground -- Temporary closure May 3-5

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The St. Phillips Street Playground will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 5, to allow contractors to complete landscaping work on site near the intersection of St. Phillips Street and North Park Street.

The Town of Bridgewater thanks you for your patience and understanding and we regret any inconvenience caused by this necessary work.

Spring watermain flushing begins on May 1

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Bridgewater Public Service Commission customers are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of May 1 to May 19, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, in accordance with the schedule below.

Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the flushing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually, and main water valves in basements should be turned off when flushing is being undertaken in their area. If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (902) 541-4370.

SCHEDULE

May 1, 2, 4, 5 >>> All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.

May 6, 7 >>> All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.

May 11, 12 >>> All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive.

May 13, 15, 16 >>> East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.

May 18 >>> “Pressure zone” on east side of LaHave River, which includes Winter Street, Winburn Avenue above Glen Sarty Drive, Pine Grove Road, New Pine Grove Road, Highway 10 between Highway 103 and Champlain Drive.

May 19 >>> “Pressure zone” Dufferin Street Booster Station on west side of LaHave River which includes Pinecrest Subdivisions (DesBrisay, Olympiad, Sunset, Pinecrest, Cherry), Westmount Heights Subdivision (Atlantic, Westmount, Centennial, Micmac) and the upper end of Jubilee Road (from DesBrisay Dr. to Route 3).

PLEASE NOTE
Due to weather and water storage conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.

Pop-up COVID testing site this weekend in Bridgewater

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🚨 POP-UP COVID TESTING SITE THIS WEEKEND IN BRIDGEWATER

Nova Scotia Public Health has arranged a pop-up COVID-19 testing site in Bridgewater this weekend as follows:

Location >>>
Cineplex Theatres, 349 LaHave Street in Bridgewater

Friday, April 30 >>> 12 noon – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 >>> 12 noon – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 >>> 12 noon – 6 p.m.

No appointment is needed and testing is open to anyone 16 years of age and over.

PLEASE NOTE >>>
✅ If you have NO symptoms, please come to the pop-up testing site. This includes people with NO symptoms who were at exposure sites.

 ❗️ If you HAVE symptoms, please call to 811 or go online to book your test here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/


❤️ WANT TO HELP?
Organizers are actively looking for volunteers. The volunteer positions include greeters, registration, traffic flow and general support, swabbers, testers, texting results, exit personnel – there is something for everyone, whether you like to talk to lots or people or not, to being detail oriented, or on the computer, we can use your help!

No formal training is necessary and protective equipment will be provided!

If you or anyone you know wants to volunteer, please click this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd55PYPoEKWIpt7lEWHOBe5Y95l69A7Vn62wlKhPX6WJSQiPg/viewform.

Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail with a spreadsheet sign-up link. Open the corresponding tab for Bridgewater and the date of the site. If you need help, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As Dr. Strang says, “Wash your hands, stay in your community, and get tested – that’s how we are going to get through the third wave”.

Other communities across Nova Scotia have had more than 1,000 tests per day and Public Health is aiming for high numbers for Lunenburg County as well.

Stay Positive, Test Negative – hope to see you on the weekend for volunteering or testing.

COVID-19 UPDATES

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>>> For potential COVID-19 exposure sites local to Bridgewater, please scroll down the page <<<

TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER COVID-19 UPDATE
Town Hall closed to the public until further notice; services available remotely >>>

In the wake of the update from the Province of Nova Scotia this afternoon, we are announcing that Town Hall is closed to public access, effective April 28, 2021. Select Town of Bridgewater public offices (Finance, Community Development, and Engineering) are operating with reduced staff at this time, with most staff members under work-from-home programs providing public service remotely.

Over the coming weeks, if you have service requests please call our main telephone line at 902-543-4651, visit us online at bridgewater.ca, or directly contact the department you wish to speak with by phone at the following numbers:

Engineering: 902-541-4370
Community Development: 902-543-2274
Finance: 902-543-4651

FINANCE DEPARTMENT & YOUR BILLS >>>
Bill payments, such as tax or water bills, that are normally payable at the Town Hall Finance office can be made by visiting bridgewater.ca/payments or can be submitted by traditional mail or by dropping it in our secure drop box at Town Hall, located at 60 Pleasant Street in Bridgewater.

Bill payments and municipal tax bill payments can also be made to the Town of Bridgewater through your local bank.

For assistance, please call 902-543-4651.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT SERVICE UPDATE >>> (Updated, Wednesday, April 28)
Effective April 29 until further notice, Bridgewater Transit will reduce hours and operate 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, transit will continue to run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We are asking that any member of the public who is exhibiting symptoms of illness, including fever and cough, to keep the safety of everyone else in mind and refrain from using Bridgewater Transit.

Transit service is vital to our community and our residents. Please take only necessary trips at this time. When using Bridgewater Transit we ask you to mask up, use hand sanitizer, and to abide by directives from the Province of Nova Scotia and Public Health.

For further updates on transit service, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus.

TOWN COUNCIL & COMMITTEE MEETINGS >>>
Meetings of Bridgewater Town Council have moved to virtual sessions until further notice. Regular meetings will still be live-streamed as usual through the Town's Facebook page (@BridgewaterNS).

If you wish to appear as a delegation to Town Council during a virtual meeting, you can get information on the registration process by visiting us online at www.bridgewater.ca/delegation.

Meetings of Committees of the Town are also required to move to virtual meetings until further notice.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT >>>
Town Hall is closed to the public at this time, however Community Development Department services are still available remotely. For questions about Development Permit applications or other Community Development services at this time, please call 902-543-2274

Development Permit applications can also be found online at www.bridgewater.ca/development.

You can download such applications at home or at your office, fill them out, and submit them by e-mail, fax, or traditional mail using the contact information included in each application.

RECREATION >>>
All recreation programs are currently suspended until further notice. Parks remain open, with users required to adhere to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT >>>
Town Hall is closed to the public at this time, however Engineering Department services are still available remotely.

For questions about Building Permit applications or other Engineering and Public Works services at this time, please call 902-541-4370.

Building Permit applications can be found online at www.bridgewater.ca/building. You can download such applications at home or at your office, fill them out, and submit them by e-mail, fax, or traditional mail using the contact information included in each application.

REGIONAL RECYCLING CENTRE >>>
Per our colleagues at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre (LRCRC), please note changes to public access at the LRCRC site starting on Thursday, May 6:

The Community Recycling Centre will be CLOSED to the general public effective 8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 6, due to current COVID restrictions and community Public Health guidelines.

The site will remain open to contractors weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The site will be closed Saturdays. Full site closure on Saturdays will remain in effect up to and including June 5, to be reassessed on May 28, for possible extension. The hazardous waste depot and electronics recycling depot will also be closed during this time.

The Compost Giveaway scheduled for May 11 to 15 has been postponed. A fall giveaway date will be announced. Compost will be available for purchase while supplies last when the site tentatively re-opens to the public June 7.

The Community Recycling Centre greatly appreciates your cooperation. For more information, visit www.communityrecycling.ca or call (902) 543-2991.

PROVINCIAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS >>>
For complete details on recent guidelines and restrictions introduced by the Province of Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.


LOCAL POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE NOTICES >>>

BRIDGEWATER
>> On April 27, Nova Scotia Health Public Health advised of potential exposure to COVID-19 at various locations across the province, including one in Bridgewater:

If you were at Superstore Bridgewater (21 Davison Drive) on:

- April 19 between 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

- April 20 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

- April 21 between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

you are asked to visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

Per Public Health, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.

It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 5.

LUNENBURG COUNTY
>> On April 23, Nova Scotia Health Public Health advised of potential exposure to COVID-19 at various locations across the province, including one near Bridgewater:

If you were at Best Western Plus (527 Highway 10, Bridgewater) on April 19 between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 3. Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at this location on the named date and time are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

>> On April 27, Nova Scotia Public Health advised of potential exposure to COVID-19 at locations around the province, including one in Lunenburg County:

Chicory Blue (27 School Rd, Blockhouse) on April 27 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 11. Anyone who worked at or visited this location on the specified date and times should visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at this location on the named dates and times for at least 15 minutes should get tested. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result.

For full details and the most recent exposure site information please visit http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.



New draft Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law: Your chance for feedback

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Did you know that new development, including adding a second dwelling unit to your current residence and changing a commercial use, may be subject to a development charge?

Next month, Bridgewater Town Council will be debating the implementation of Wastewater Betterment Charges for new development, whether the development is residential, institutional, industrial, or commercial.

In 2009 the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) introduced a requirement for all municipalities to have no wastewater overflows resulting from development and the elimination of overflows by 2039.

WHAT IS A WASTEWATER OVERFLOW?

A wastewater overflow is when stormwater from a rain storm overwhelms our sewer system, resulting in rain water and sanitary sewer water mixing together. This causes sewage to enter the environment through our storm system, and rainwater to go into our sewage treatment plan. This occurs because of older combined sewer-stormwater systems that were designed and built many decades ago.

The Town of Bridgewater currently experiences significant wastewater overflows during wet weather events. To try to address this and achieve the national target to eliminate overflow events while permitting new and continued development, the Town of Bridgewater is proposing a new Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law.

WHY A BYLAW?

The Wastewater Betterment Charge By-law will establish a new fee that will be collected from anyone adding a new unit to their residence, as well as any new construction (residential or commercial).

These fees will be collected at the development stage of the construction and will be used to fund wastewater offsetting projects, studies, etc., that will assist the Town in reducing overflows within the wastewater system.

The new draft by-law will be brought to Town of Bridgewater Council for consideration in May 2021. Prior to Council review, this new draft by-law is being introduced to the public and both residential and commercial developers for their review and comments. Feedback received will be considered and potentially incorporated into the draft by-law before it is considered by Town Council.

We encourage the public to review the draft Wastewater Betterment Charge Bylaw and FAQ Sheet and provide input on the proposed by-law using the contact form below by no later than May 10, 2021.

To download a copy of the draft by-law or read our FAQ sheet on the proposed by-law, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/betterment. While there, you can also fill out the form on that page to provide your input on the draft by-law.

BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL -- VIRTUAL REGULAR MEETINGS RESUME TONIGHT

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With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, Bridgewater Town Council's regular meetings will be moving back to fully virtual meetings beginning tonight until further notice.

Members of the public who wish to speak as a delegation to Town Council in the virtual meeting may do so by registering online at www.bridgewater.ca/delegation.

As usual, the proceedings of the meeting will be live-streamed on the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page during the meeting. The video will be archived on both the Town's Facebook page and Bridgewater's YouTube channel following the meeting.

Potential water disruption notice

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POTENTIAL WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE
From April 27 to 29, a contractor engaged by the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater will begin work on improvements to the water transmission mains connecting Bridgewater’s Hebb Lake low lift pump station to the water treatment plant.

This is a complex project and it is possible that the supply of water to the town could be impacted during work. In that event, residents and businesses may be asked to temporarily conserve water for essential purposes only – this means that water customers would be asked to avoid non-essential water use by not watering lawns or washing cars, limiting loads of laundry, etc.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?
Right now, you can continue using your water as usual. During the work window next week, we would encourage you to regularly check social media and listen to local radio for any updates related to this project.

In the event that there is a temporary water disruption as a result of this important service upgrade, the Public Service Commission will communicate additional information to water customers via Town of Bridgewater website, social media, local media, and the Town of Bridgewater’s iBridgewater app.

For details on how to download the Town’s app, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/ibridgewater.

COUNCIL NOTES >>> BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES 2021-2022 BUDGET

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✒ COUNCIL NOTES >>> BRIDGEWATER TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES 2021-2022 BUDGET

On April 12, Bridgewater Town Council formally concluded its 2021-2022 budget planning process by unanimously approving both the capital and operating budgets for the coming fiscal year. This budget is the first to be approved by the new Town Council that was elected in October of 2020.

The Town’s budgeted gross operating costs this year will amount to about $22.5 million. On the capital side of the ledger, Bridgewater’s gross capital expenditures are budgeted to total $14.2 million, making it the single largest one-year capital investment in the history of our community.

As part of budget approval, Council also endorsed its first residential tax rate increase in almost a decade. Council authorized a 10-cent residential tax rate increase, meaning the residential rate will move from $1.65 per $100 of assessment to $1.75 per $100 of assessment. The commercial tax rate will remain at $3.97 per $100 of assessment.

🎥 WATCH APPROVAL OF THE 2021-2022 BUDGET HERE: https://business.facebook.com/BridgewaterNS/videos/907821783371807/?t=4401

“The budget process is seldom easy, and our Council had to make some tough choices this year – including a tax rate increase for the first time in nine years,” said Mayor David Mitchell.

“What’s really important for our residents to remember is that we’re putting this money to work for them – it’s being used to improve our community, to position Bridgewater to grow over the next decade, and to continue providing a high level of service to our residents in everything we do, from parks to culture and recreation programs to transit.”

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

-- Residential tax rate increase of 10 cents per $100 of assessment to $1.75.

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No commercial tax rate increase – rate remains at $3.97 per $100 of assessment.

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The commitment of more than $14 million in capital projects this year includes:
- $5.6 million in wastewater infrastructure upgrades to modernize our collection and treatment system
- $4.7 million total in road upgrades and infrastructure related projects, including more than $700,000 in pavement renewal projects throughout Bridgewater
- $3.2 million in new infrastructure for Exit 12A and the Bridgewater Business Park expansion
- $200,000 for sidewalk improvements

-- The Town’s commitment to core services and strategic priorities remains strong, including allocations for Fire Protection ($1.4 million), Bridgewater Police Service ($3.9 million net), REMO ($24,345) and other core services, such as Bridgewater Transit and Energize Bridgewater’s emerging program to reduce energy poverty in our community.

-- Council will also be investing in a land sales and marketing strategy for Town-owned land in the Bridgewater Business Park; an allotment of $115,000 has been earmarked for needed repairs to the roof and walls at the former Bridgewater Memorial Arena, while completing Transit/Parks staff space on site; and more than $129,000 has been earmarked to support local non-profit organizations through grants and tax exempt status.

“Our tax rate is still among the average rates for Nova Scotian towns of our size, but it’s never a joy when you have to broach the idea of an increase,” Mayor Mitchell said. “But, after holding the line for so many years, Council was unanimous in its agreement that the time has come for us to earnestly begin investing in the future and ensuring that our community can continue to thrive and prosper.”

The 2021-2022 budget, he noted, is fundamentally focused investing in growth and paving the way for sustainable economic development over the next decade.

“At the same time, we’re committing significant capital resources to our wastewater system and taking real, meaningful steps along the path toward having a clean LaHave River. It’s a long-term project – it’s going to take time to get to where we all want the river to be. It’s important to understand that modernizing our wastewater system isn’t solely about helping the environment,” he added.

“That work also has a long-term positive economic impact, as it will accommodate future housing and development and ensure our community can meet our growth needs as Bridgewater continues to blossom.”

📣 MORE FROM THE MAYOR ON BUDGET 2021-22 HERE: https://www.facebook.com/mayordavidmitchell

Town of Bridgewater -- Budget 2021-2022

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TOB Draft Budget Cover 2122REMINDER >>> BUDGET PRESENTATIONS AND INVITATION FOR PUBLIC INPUT

The Town of Bridgewater is beginning the final phase of budget planning for the 2021-22 year.

Budget meetings are currently scheduled for:
Monday, March 29 -- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 -- 6 p.m.
Monday, April 12 -- 6 p.m. (Council meeting and budget meeting, with budget discussion scheduled for 7 p.m.)

If additional meetings are required, they will be advertised accordingly.

Just as we do with regular meetings of Council, each of these budget meetings will be livestreamed via the Town's Facebook page (@BridgewaterNS) and made available as an archived recording following the meeting through the Facebook page and the Town's YouTube channel.

For interested members of the public, the Town of Bridgewater’s 2021-22 Proposed Budget is available at the front desk of the Town Office, 60 Pleasant Street in printed form.

The public is invited to provide comments and suggestions to the Director of Finance via the contact info below, by visiting www.bridgewater.ca/input, or by way of in-person appearance at any Town Council meeting prior to budget approval or visit us on Facebook. Respecting COVID-19 protocols, for information on attending a Town Council meeting at this time, please phone 902-543-4651.

Contact: Kim Hopkins, Director of Finance, at (902)541-4362 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Emergency Assistance Fund for Community Organizations

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TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONSVolunteer

GRANT CRITERIA
The Town of Bridgewater recognizes that, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, local groups and organizations have not been able to provide the community conventional programs and activities and that the inability to maintain these opportunities has resulted in significant financial hardship.

The Emergency Assistance Fund will help organizations impacted by cancelled events and activities, altered program delivery, increased costs related to equipment, leadership, coaches, facilities, and cleaning supplies, which has resulted in financial adversity.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
An applicant must complete and submit the application form, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The application form is a fillable PDF, so you can complete it on your computer or print it off and complete it by hand.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. All applications must be received at the Town Office before the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

The application period would include programs and activities that were planned during the period of September 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, but had to be cancelled or altered because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Local groups and organizations that receive emergency assistance through this program are still eligible to apply for regular municipal grants in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To be eligible for the Emergency Assistance Fund for Community Organizations, the applicant must demonstrate the following:

  • The applicant must be a non-profit (or not-for-profit) community, charitable, fraternal, educational, recreational, religious, cultural, or sporting organization.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that it has experienced a negative financial impact resulting from its inability to provide program opportunities, organize events and activities and/or has encountered general hardship due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Council and staff will restrict grants to groups and organizations that are providing a service to the Town and its residents.
  • Only one application per organization may be submitted.
  • Must clearly demonstrate the need for support.
  • Funding request cannot exceed the maximum total funding available ($1,000).
  • Approved projects must show recognition of the Town of Bridgewater on promotional material and/or other acknowledgements of the project.

RESTRICTIONS
Businesses are not eligible to apply for this emergency funding.

An applicant shall not request funding in excess of the estimated funds lost as a direct result of the cancellation of the planned programs or activities because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The decision on eligibility and the amount of funding awarded, if any, rests solely with the Council of the Town of Bridgewater. In addition, Town Council reserves the right to modify or reject any application and to approve funding amounts lower than the amount requested by the applicant.

FUNDING AMOUNTS
The maximum total funding available to an applicant is $1,000.

Applicants who own or operate a community facility or community hall located in the Town of Bridgewater are eligible to receive up to the maximum total amount ($1,000).

Sewer cleaning scheduled March 8 to 12

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SEWER CLEANING SCHEDULED -- MARCH 8 TO 12

Sewer cleaning will be taking place in parts of the Town of Bridgewater from Monday, March 8, to Friday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Cleaning work will be focused on:

1) King St from Jubilee Rd to Park St

2) Prince St from Jubilee Rd to Maple St

3) Jubilee Rd from Brook St to Southridge Crt

4) Brook St from Jubilee Rd to Smith Ave

5) Cornwallis St from Prince St to Scotia St

6) Scotia St from Park St to George St

7) George St from Scotia St to Alexandra Ave

8) Medway St from Pine St to Dublin Ave

9) King St from Old Bridge to Veterans Bridge

10) King St from Victoria Rd to Starr St

11) Franks Ln

12) York St from Empire St to Victoria Rd

13) Empire St from York St to High St

14) Churchill St from Dufferin St to Empire St

15) Glenridge Ave from Dominion St to Empire St

16) Pleasant St from Victoria Rd to Empire St

17) Phoenix St from Pleasant St to York St

18) Queen St from Phoenix St to Dominion St

19) High St from Victoria Rd to Empire St

>> What are sewers?

Sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plants where it is treated and then released to the river. Everything you pour down your drains or flush down your toilet goes into a sewer.

>> Why are you cleaning the sewers?

The cleaning and inspection program keeps the sewer system operating efficiently by:

  • Helping prevent blockages and backups.
  • Removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, grit and sand.
  • Determining the condition of the sewer so we can repair or replace sewers as necessary.

>> How do you clean the sewers?

We use a high-pressure nozzle to flush water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to the landfill.

>> How long does it take to clean the sewers on each street?

It usually takes about one day to clean the sewer on each block. However, some sewers can take longer, depending on their size and condition.

>> Do I need to do anything before you clean the sewers on my street?

Yes. Occasionally during cleaning and inspection, air pressure in the sewer can cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains.

Take the following precautions to prevent water damage in your home:

  • Close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use.
  • Insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.
  • Remove all floor mats in bathrooms.
  • Place an old towel around the base of toilets.
  • If you have a float plug in your floor drain or a backwater valve installed in your house, ensure that it is free of debris and operating properly.
  • Wrap the cover of your basement floor drains with plastic (i.e., a freezer bag). Place something heavy over the floor drains to keep the plastic-covered floor drain covers in place.

>> You may put things back as they were when the equipment has moved off your block.

>> Will I notice anything after you have cleaned the sewers on my street?

Sometimes the sewer cleaning and inspection leaves an odour in the home. If so, run some water down the sink and bathtub drains, flush the toilets, pour a pail of water into each basement floor drain and open the windows. After a short time, the odour should disappear.

>> Can I use the toilets and my water while you are cleaning the sewer on my block?

Yes. However, be careful as air pressure in the sewer during the cleaning and inspection can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.

>> How will I know when you are cleaning the sewers on my street?

In most cases, we will put a notice in your mailbox before we clean the sewers on your street. If we need to clean the sewer quickly because of a blockage, we won’t have time to let you know in advance.

>> When do you clean and inspect the sewers?

We have two types of programs:

1. A sewer cleaning program only: We move around the Town all year cleaning areas where there are persistent problems and doing emergency work to clear blockages.

2. A sewer cleaning and inspection program: We clean and inspect sewers in selected areas of the town each year, usually from November to April, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We realize that the equipment is very noisy and may disturb residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience.

>> Ways you can protect your home against sewer backup.

The sewer cleaning and inspection program is one of the steps that we take to reduce the risk of sewer backup. There are steps you can take to protect your home against basement flooding, including:

  • Install a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system.
  • Check and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly.
  • Improve drainage around your house.

>> Things that should not be flushed down toilets:

Feminine products, condoms, cooking grease, food, baby/wet wipes, rags, dental floss, Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, cat litter, pills, paper towels, Kleenex/facial tissue, cigarette butts, coffee grounds etc.

For more information, contact the Town of Bridgewater Public Works Department at (902) 543-5142 .

Sewer cleaning scheduled this week in parts of Bridgewater

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Sewer cleaning will be taking place in parts of the Town of Bridgewater from Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Cleaning work will be focused on:
- Mayfair subdivision
- LaHave Heights
- Hirtle Drive
- Streatch Drive (from Glen Allan Drive to Porter Crescent)
- Eastside Plaza area

>> What are sewers?
Sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plants where it is treated and then released to the river. Everything you pour down your drains or flush down your toilet goes into a sewer.

>> Why are you cleaning the sewers?
The cleaning and inspection program keeps the sewer system operating efficiently by:
• Helping prevent blockages and backups.
• Removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, grit and sand.
• Determining the condition of the sewer so we can repair or replace sewers as necessary.

>> How do you clean the sewers?
We use a high-pressure nozzle to flush water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to the landfill.

>> How long does it take to clean the sewers on each street?
It usually takes about one day to clean the sewer on each block. However, some sewers can take longer, depending on their size and condition.

>> Do I need to do anything before you clean the sewers on my street?
Yes. Occasionally during cleaning and inspection, air pressure in the sewer can cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains.
Take the following precautions to prevent water damage in your home:
• Close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use.
• Insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.
• Remove all floor mats in bathrooms.
• Place an old towel around the base of toilets.
• If you have a float plug in your floor drain or a backwater valve installed in your house, ensure that it is free of debris and operating properly.
• Wrap the cover of your basement floor drains with plastic (i.e., a freezer bag). Place something heavy over the floor drains to keep the plastic-covered floor drain covers in place.

>> You may put things back as they were when the equipment has moved off your block.

>> Will I notice anything after you have cleaned the sewers on my street?
Sometimes the sewer cleaning and inspection leaves an odour in the home. If so, run some water down the sink and bathtub drains, flush the toilets, pour a pail of water into each basement floor drain and open the windows. After a short time, the odour should disappear.

>> Can I use the toilets and my water while you are cleaning the sewer on my block?
Yes. However, be careful as air pressure in the sewer during the cleaning and inspection can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.

>> How will I know when you are cleaning the sewers on my street?
In most cases, we will put a notice in your mailbox before we clean the sewers on your street. If we need to clean the sewer quickly because of a blockage, we won’t have time to let you know in advance.

>> When do you clean and inspect the sewers?
We have two types of programs:
1. A sewer cleaning program only: We move around the Town all year cleaning areas where there are persistent problems and doing emergency work to clear blockages.
2. A sewer cleaning and inspection program: We clean and inspect sewers in selected areas of the town each year, usually from November to April, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We realize that the equipment is very noisy and may disturb residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience.

>> Ways you can protect your home against sewer backup.
The sewer cleaning and inspection program is one of the steps that we take to reduce the risk of sewer backup. There are steps you can take to protect your home against basement flooding, including:
• Install a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system.
• Check and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly.
• Improve drainage around your house.

>> Things that should not be flushed down toilets:
Feminine products, condoms, cooking grease, food, baby/wet wipes, rags, dental floss, Q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, cat litter, pills, paper towels, Kleenex/facial tissue, cigarette butts, coffee grounds etc.

For more information, contact the Town of Bridgewater Public Works Department at (902) 543-5142 .

 

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STORM CENTRE

We're no strangers to severe weather events here in Atlantic Canada. Hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November annually, and the nor'easter weather  bombs of the winter months often make life challenging.Here you can find information that can be especially helpful for you leading up to, during, and after the storm. We've included quick links to the latest Environment Canada forecast and warnings for the Bridgewater area, the Nova Scotia Power outage map, and some additional helpful links from the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office on how to prepare to weather the storm for 72 hours (or more).

NSP Map  NS EMO
 Are You Ready for Emerg  Red Cross