Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office is ramping up its response to the increasingly desperate water shortage in southwest Nova Scotia. ... “We will be sending bottled water to affected communities. We're working in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada to do that,” says Zach Churchill, Minister Responsible for the Emergency Management Office.
A number of retailers are sending water, including Sobeys, which has already loaded up 107,500 litres at its facility in Stellarton, N.S., bound for southwest Nova Scotia Friday morning.
“They called us this morning and said, ‘Look, can you help?’ And of course the answer from our members as always is yes,” says Jim Cormier, Atlantic director of the Retail Council of Canada. Walmart and Loblaws are also contributing water, and the government plans to match donations.