Pugwash Water Project

From the Municipality of Cumberland County:
January 28th 2019

It is easy to look at this project and wonder, how in the world it could be running behind schedule when cities and towns put in water system components everyday. The Pugwash Water System is unique because every component of the system had to be designed and installed from scratch. Normally, a municipality will only put in one part of an entire system, and often that part is a replacement for aging infrastructure. In this case, not so. You also must consider, every water system is completely different, based on the size of the system, environment the system is going into, and population served.

In Pugwash, the system is composed of a well field, transmission and distribution pipe, a reservoir and a treatment facility. Each of these components have been designed to work in conjunction with all other components. It is during the commissioning process, that is the testing phase of the project, that each individual part in every component is verified.

The commissioning process is one source of the current delay, there are components that have been presenting issues and contractors and municipal staff have been troubleshooting. Issues being worked on include malfunctioning equipment from a supplier which had to be sent back and replaced under warranty, and electronic communication between equipment.

The issues which are being worked out now are issues which need to be addressed for the long-term viability of the entire system.

Currently, the quality of the water in the treatment facility exceeds all the federal and provincial water drinking standards. There are problems with the aeration of the water. There is too much air in the water, which is primarily an aesthetic issue however it does present issues for probes and testing equipment. Air is vital to the treatment process, as the decision was made to use a biological treatment process rather than introducing a chemical process.

Every two weeks the contractors and project management group meet to discuss the status of the water system project and endeavour to move along as many project hurdles as possible. This involves project managers keeping contractors on track and contractors detailing what support they need from project management.

The next planned update to the status of the Pugwash Water System is planned for February 8th, after the next scheduled contractor and project management meeting.



Connections to the new Pugwash

Water Supply System

now available
19th September 2018

(from the Municipal website)

Disconnection of a current water source cannot be completed until the following is complete:

  • Lateral connection made by contractor
  • Water Contract signed
  • Inspection of inside connection
  • Inspection of the curb stop connection point
  • Pugwash Central Water Supply is fully operational

Arrangements to make a connection from the water supply to a home or a business (also called a lateral connection or a curb stop connection) must be made by the homeowner or business owner with a private contractor. A list of contractors known to the county can be found here. Costs associated with connection are the responsibility of the homeowner or businessowner.

Water meters are unavailable until such time that the system is fully operational, expected early October. Specifications for installation are available here

Arrangements for inspection, or further questions can be made with Peter Cottingham at 902-694-0796

The Pugwash Water System Project is defined under By-Law 18-01, Local Improvement By-Law


List of contractors


Wellfield map


Website rebuild

The Village website is in the process of being re-built. 

Pugwash and area not for profit organizations will be included as before.  If you wish to be included as a new listing or update your old one, please send your information to the Village Clerk.

Next Regular Village Commission Meeting

Monday, February 11th at 7pm

Presentation:  Jennifer Hickey, HomeWarming

Meetings are generally the second Monday of the month.  Any meeting that falls on a holiday will be postponed to the next (third) Monday of the month. There is no meeting in July. 

Proposed agenda is published the Friday before a meeting. The agenda may be amended by the commisison at the beginning of the regular meeting.

Current approved agenda.

For more information on meetings, please go to this page




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