Municipality Restructures Water Assistance Response Plan  

BARRINGTON, NS, - In light of the below average amounts of rain recently and the potential for another drought, the Municipality is advising the public that it has restructured its assistance response plan.

CAO Chris Frotten explains that “although we are proud of our response in the past, it is not sustainable to continue assisting in the same manner. These measures were temporary in nature and do not address the long-term issue. In addition, it put on undue burden on many volunteers for an extended period of time. With extremely dry weather in the last 5 years, this is no longer an emergency. It is more of a new normal that we must all prepare accordingly for.”

In the event that drought conditions are experienced by a large number of residents, the Municipality will provide the following assistance:

  • A non-drinking water source at the RV station on Sherose Island
  • Shower use at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena

Unlike past years, the Municipality or its Fire Departments will not be providing water deliveries, water sources at its fire halls, distributing drinking water or providing laundry services at the arena.

Warden Nickerson “reminds residents to keep an eye on their neighbors, especially those living alone or in a vulnerable situation. If need be, we can help some with resources and options if they are significantly affected.”

As noted, the Municipality recognizes that there are vulnerable individuals/households in its communities that do not have the means to address the issue on their own. It is committed to continuing to help them within reason and this assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All inquiries related to special assistance should be sent directly to Dwayne Hunt, EMO Coordinator at or by calling 902-637-2015.

A reminder to all residents that the Municipality has a Water Supply Upgrade Lending program which can assist residents finance a new well. For information on this program, residents can contact the municipal office at (902) 637-2015 or visit

In addition to the municipal program, Housing Nova Scotia also offers a variety of programs for emergency repairs as well as repairs related to health and safety. More information on these programs can be found at:


Media Contact: 
Chris Frotten, CAO