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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Iqaluit probing after the city’s water stinks like fuel again


Key takeaways: 

  • The city advises citizens to take aerators off their taps, run water on cold for 20 minutes ere 6 p.m.
  • Numerous Iqaluit citizens visited the Sylvia Grinnell River on Friday afternoon to gather water from the river after fuel odours were reported in the city’s water supply again. 
  • It was -30 C in Iqaluit on Friday with a wind-cold of -45 C.

Iqaluit probes the city after its smells like fuel again: 

The City of Iqaluit states it thinks there’s still some fuel that ought to be washed out of its water supply.

The city published a public service statement Friday after receiving “an influx of concerns from the public” beginning Thursday evening regarding its drinking water stinking of fuel.

In an email, city spokesperson Stephanie Clark demonstrated the city has received almost 20 objections since Thursday evening.

The city is requesting citizens to take aerators off their taps and run the water on cold for 20 minutes as soon as feasible.

“We’re checking everything and making sure that it’s not a new source or continuation of the old source,” Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell informed CBC News.  Source –

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The city of Iqaluit probes after water stinks like fuel again

He stated that the monitoring teams that have been installed to see hydrocarbons in the water since the fuel contamination in October haven’t seen unsafe levels.

“But at the same time, I mean, people need to feel safe,” he stated. “This is crazy, and we need a new treatment centre.” Source –

Iqaluit requested feds for $184M

He stated the city’s been operating hard and has requested the federal government for $184 million to construct a freshwater treatment plant.

“We’re waiting on those things to happen to be disclosed, or hopefully, be approved and announced.” Source –

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