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Lead Water Service Lateral FAQs

Q: How does the Town of Yarmouth Water Utility decide whose lead service lines get replaced each year?

A: One of our top priorities is to identify and remove any lead water service laterals delivering water to homes on streets as we undertake water main replacement projects. The long-term goal is to remove all remaining lead laterals in the Town of Yarmouth. However, this involves establishing a full inventory of existing laterals and the creation of a comprehensive program for their removal.  Until that time, lead laterals will be identified, removed, and replaced during water infrastructure replacement projects such as the Parade Street Sewer Project (summer, 2021).

Q: What if I want to replace my private side of the lead line sooner?

A: Please contact a qualified plumber and notify the Town of Yarmouth of your intentions to remove the lateral.

Q: Can I test my drinking water for lead? 

A: Yes. Water tests an be completed at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. 

Q: How can I reduce lead in my drinking water if I know I have a lead service or lead plumbing?

A: To help minimize exposure of lead from your tap water it is recommened to use a certified filter for water you are consuming until the source of lead has been removed. There are several types of filters for removing lead from water, including a pitcher-style filter available at local retailers. The following practices are also reccomened to help reduce lead exposure at the tap:

1. If you have an aerator/strainer on your drinking water tap, clean it on a regular basis
2. Flush your tap for a few minutes before consuming water if the tap has not been used for a long period of time

Q: Aside from lead water service laterals, what other sources of lead in drinking water should I know of?

A: Some probable sources of lead in your tap water could be:

1. Older copper plumbing in your home that contains solder containing lead
2. Lead piping that is supplying your water
3. Brass fittings in your homes plumbing

Removing/Upgrading these sources could help in reducing your risk of exposure to lead in drinking water at your tap.

Adopt-a-Block is back!

Communities in Bloom Yarmouth NS is again encouraging individuals, organizations, businesses, or a group of friends to “Adopt-a-Block” and get together to tidy up our community.

Volunteer Firefighting FAQs

Q: Will I get paid?

You will receive an annual honorarium of approximately $3000 depending on the amount of calls you attend. However, the experience and training you will receive is free and can help launch a career as a paid first responder or medical professional. In addition, we offer free gym memberships.

Q: Do I need experience to join?

Volunteer stock imageNot at all! We provide free training and allow you to develop your skills using state-of-the-art equipment. Soon you’ll be able to determine the right tools and techniques to fight a fire and have the skills to help keep yourself safe at the same time. If you have prior experience or training, you can advance through the qualification process more quickly.

Q: How much time do I have to devote as a volunteer?

Firefighters can expect weekly training sessions for the first year while attaining your level 1 firefighter certification as well as bi-weekly training with the rest of the team. Call volumes vary from week to week  and month to month . We are on call 24/7, 365.

Q: How old do I have to be?

Firefighters must be at least 19 years old.

Q: Will equipment be provided to me?

All of the equipment you will use during training and while on the job will be provided to you free of charge.

Q: Do I have to fight fires?

Yes, we need front line firefighters to enter buildings, fight the fires, work at motor vehicle collisions and protect property and lives of the citizens our community. We need volunteers to direct traffic at accident scenes, help with fire safety education, and more. If you have a skill or specialty, our department can find a way to use it.

Q. What’s the best way for me to learn more?

Fill out a brief inquiry form on this website and click the firefighter volunteer box. Your name and address will be sent to the fire chief. A station representative will then call you directly to discuss a volunteer position.

Hotspot Parking Permit Instructions

How does Hotspot work?

Customers will need to register with HotSpot providing their name, contact information and vehicle license plate. Once registered, customers then select their permit and pay using secure credit card or Visa/Debit. A Hotspot membership is not required to buy permits. A convenience fee is added to the purchase of permits through the HotSpot system. The fee is $0.50 for daily permits, and $2.00 for monthly permits. NOTE: no fee is added for in-person transactions at Town Hall. Future online purchases will only require registered users to login and purchase additional permits.

How will enforcement work If I don’t have a hang-tag?

You will no longer need a hang-tag once Hotspot virtual permits are in place. Beginning April 1st, parking enforcement staff will scan the license plate of your parked vehicle into a mobile device to validate your virtual permit.

What if I have more than one vehicle?

Customers with more than one vehicle can add multiple vehicles to a single account. This provides flexibility to park different cars on different days, much like changing your hang-tag from vehicle to vehicle when required. To do this, simply login to the HotSpot Online Dashboard or HotSpot Mobile App and change the vehicle tied to your permit for that particular day. However, it’s essential that the passholder ensure the license plate selected is the same as the vehicle parked to avoid unnecessary parking infractions. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring this information is up to date at all times.

How to Create an account:

*Please Note: all the required actions can be completed through the HotSpot Parking app or the online user dashboard.

Option 1: Create your account using the HotSpot App

Download the HotSpot app on your smartphone from the App Store or GooglePlay.

1. Open the app
2. Press "Get Started"
3. Enter your details
4. Type your full name and press "Next"
5. Type your email address and press "Next"
6. Enter a password and press "Next" - A code will texted to your phone
7. Once you receive the code, enter it and press "Next"
8. Select your province
9. Select your city
10. Select Parking as your user preference and press "Next".

● Add your vehicle(s):

1. Click "Add Vehicle"
2. Enter your vehicle details and press "Add Vehicle"
3. Verify that you entered your plate correctly and press "Yes"

Option 2: Create your account online

Go to htsp.ca and select "Login" (top right)

1. Under the "Sign In" button find the "Click Here" text beside "New Parker?"
2. Fill out the required information to create your account
3. Login to your account

● Add a vehicle

1. Go to the vehicles tab
2. Enter your vehicle information
3. Click save vehicle when done

After completing your account creation, you will need to claim your virtual parking permit so that it can be linked to your license plate.

How to Buy your Permit

● Purchase Your Permit Using the HotSpot Mobile App

1. Open the app
2. Press the menu icon
3. Press "Purchase a Permit"
4. In the “city” dropdown select “Town of Yarmouth”
5. In the “location” dropdown select the desired permit
6. In the “plate” dropdown select your added vehicle
7. Press the arrow to the right of the listed permit
8. Toggle Auto-renew to on
9. Press "Purchase"

● Purchase your permit using an online account

1. Open a browser window
2. Go to www.htsp.ca and click "Log In" with your credentials.
3. Click the "Permits" tab
4. Under Purchase permit for "Current Month"
 - In the “City” dropdown select “Town of Yarmouth”
 - In the “Lot” dropdown select *Downtown”
 - In the “Permit” dropdown select the permit available
 - In the “Vehicle” dropdown select your added vehicle
 - Check the auto-renew button
 - Press continue
 - Press okay

 If you have questions regarding the creating your account or claiming your virtual permit please contact Hotspot by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-855-712-5888 to discuss.

To view the HotSpot FAQ’s please click here: https://htsp.ca/faq/

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Mural Grant Program

2020/21 Downtown Mural Grant Program

The Yarmouth Façade Society (YFS) is about to enter a new phase. In July of 2020, the society’s directors approved a Mural Grant Program, in support of its mandate to “stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of historic Yarmouth’s business district facades.”

The mural program will provide up to $5,000 in matching contributions to award a limited number of grants for placemaking projects located in the town’s Central Business District.

These projects contribute to the Downtown Blueprint Plan’s strategic placemaking goals. The Yarmouth Façade Society will evaluate all project opportunities against specific criteria as outlined in the sections within the application form.

WINTER 2020/21 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Completed application proposal and supporting materials due on Friday, January 29, 2021 before 4:00pm AST to Yarmouth Façade Society by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail/drop off: Yarmouth Façade Society – Mural Program Application, Town of Yarmouth, 400 Main Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1G2.

Click here for more information and the fillable application form for the Mural Grant.

Please note: in order to submit these applications, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the program here:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Please follow these instructions, after you have downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader, to submit these applications from your PC:

  • Click on the title of the application below. 
  • Click on the pdf that shows in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • When the application comes up on your screen, click the download button in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Choose where to save the application.
  • Go to the place you saved the application and open it.
  • Fill out the information and click the submit button at the bottom of the application.
  • A window will pop up, click continue.Click send

The downtown Central Business district is defined as: geographic area from King Street south to Haskell Street on Main Street and between the waterside of Water Street to Willow Street. (map Downtown Commercial C1 district)

Check out ideas from around the world for some inspiration!

document Mural Inspiration from around the world (4.18 MB)  (Powerpoint version)

pdf Mural Inspiration from around the world (2.18 MB)  (PDF version)

A NOTE ON COVID-19
For the health, safety, and well-being of staff, members, and the public, Yarmouth Façade Society (YFS) is currently following the directives of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. YFS asks that Mural grant applicants and recipients follow these directives when researching, creating, or installing Mural placemaking projects to aid in containing and avoiding the spread of the virus.

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood

Contacts

Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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