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Friday, September 29, 2023

Health department raises Iqaluit boil water advisory after analyzing latest bypass system


Key takeaways: 

  • The inflow of fuel smell news in city water evoked advisory nine days back.
  • Iqaluit citizens accumulated water from the Sylvia Grinnell River on Jan. 14 after fuel smells were declared in the city’s water supply once more.
  • The Health Department gave a boil water advisory a few days later, raised on Friday.

Iqaluit boil water advisory raised after bypass system: 

A boil water caution for trucked and piped water in Iqaluit has been raised nine days after fuel was seen in the city’s water supply once more. 

Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, stated the Jan. 19 advisory had been given after short quantities of hydrocarbons were seen in the water that morning and double the last week. The city made a bypass at its water treatment plant as a portion of a list of provisions from the territorial government to raise a do-not-consume order from October to December the previous year. 

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Iqaluit boil water advisory lifted after bypass sytem

After studying test results from the previous week, the region’s Department of Health stated in a statement Friday the water rushing through the bypass system’s treatment process is secure to consume without boiling.

“The boil water advisory was away, temporary and preventive measure to provide safe water quality after the city changed its water delivery system to the bypass,” the statement reads. It said preventive advisories are given anytime there is a “substantial change” to the water treatment process. Source –

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