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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Nunavut government approves fuel discovered in Iqaluit water supply again


Key takeaways: 

  • This comes only five weeks after officials raised a do-not-consume charge for the city’s water.
  • Iqaluit citizens collected at the Sylvia Grinnell River on Friday to collect water. 
  • The territorial government approved on Saturday that there is fuel present in the city’s water supply, but the fuel levels are below what Health Canada feels dangerous.

Fuel found in Iqaluit water supply again: 

The Nunavut government has proved that traces of fuel have been discovered in Iqaluit’s water supply, again.

Danarae Sommerville, a representative for the territory’s Department of Health, said in a press release that there “were levels of fuel oil that entered the system.” Source-

However, the release counts that levels are below Health Canada’s drinking water values. Even so, the do-not-consume ruling has not been published.

The release stated sampling is being conducted by both the City of Iqaluit and the territorial government. 

It has been five weeks since Nunavut health officials raised a do-not-consume mandate for Iqaluit’s tap water.

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

Fuel found in Iqaluit water supply again confirmed by Nunavut government

Officials earlier told citizens not to drink the tap water on Oct. 12, following complaints that the water stank of fuel.

Iqaluit’s 8,000 citizens spent two months drinking water from the Sylvia Grinnell River, or bottled water flew in by the city, rather than tap water.

On Friday, the road to the river was ploughed and several citizens returned to collect water.

The Department of Health published a reminder on Friday for citizens to boil water that they gather from the river for a complete minute if they plan to consume it or use it for cooking, brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing infant formulas or making juice or ice cubes.

Citizens who stink fuel oil in their water are requested to reach the water quality hotline at 867-979-5603.

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