Barrington well relief

Some people in southwestern Nova Scotia who suffered through a drought last summer will soon be able to get a taxpayer-funded government loan of up to 10 thousand dollars to improve their home’s water supply.

The District of Barrington gave first reading to a bylaw that would allow people to apply for loans to expand their wells or install water-storage tanks.

The amount would be added to the homeowner’s property tax bill, to be paid back over 10 years.

About 400 families in Barrington had wells that ran dry last year.