Mayor Peter Kelly says he’ll be diving back into Halifax harbour this summer — and he wants you to join him.

“I’d invite all your readers, and anyone else who wishes, to get back in with me,” Kelly told Metro Halifax yesterday.

Raw sewage has been flowing into the harbour since January, when HRM’s main sewage treatment facility was damaged in a flood. The facility is scheduled to be back up and running by May, along with two others in Dartmouth and Herring Cove, and Kelly predicted by mid-summer, “the harbour will be cleaner than it has ever been.”

The mayor’s last dip in August 2008 was widely publicized. Just one week later, however, the same beach was closed down due to elevated levels of fecal coliform. “I think (another swim) will certainly lead the way in terms of accepting the harbour as swimmable and able to be used for recreational purposes,” he said.