Boil water advisory lifted in Iqaluit

Bypass system continues to be used, with water treatment plant still shut down

Nunavut’s Health Department says it’s deemed water from the City of Iqaluit’s bypass system to be drinkable. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The water in Iqaluit’s bypass system has been deemed safe to drink without boiling, says the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health.

Iqaluit had been under a boil water advisory since Jan. 19 as a precautionary measure because the city is pumping water from Lake Geraldine through a pipe that bypasses the water treatment plant.

The water treatment plant has been shut down to address the recurring fuel contamination over the middle of January. There is no timeline for when the plant will be operating again.

The Health Department said in an announcement released by spokesperson Danarae Sommerville that it reviewed the water results in the bypass over the past week before determining it was safe to drink.

Boil water advisories are put in place anytime there is a major change in a community’s water system, the GN news release said.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by Merlin on

    Wow! We have wizards here in Iqaluit! Way to go on the hiring of magic wizards to make our water safe! This place….

  2. Posted by Forgot to Mention on

    … and also, “Kenny Bell refused to comment”.

    • Posted by Finally on

      I voted for Kenny and have been disappointed. Strategically the best thing he can do is this: shut up.

  3. Posted by confused on

    I don’t understand… So, now the city is delivering (through pipes and trucks) water directly from Lake Geraldine, that has NOT been treated? But it is safe to drink?

    Why do we have a water treatment plant?

    • Posted by MARS on

      I believe water is being chlorinated still from Lake Geraldine.

      The water treatment plant is compromised.

      • Posted by skillzaw on

        Right, but if they’re saying all is well, drink up, the water doesn’t need to go through whatever happens at the treatment plant, then what is the purpose of the treatment plant?

  4. Posted by Yup on

    The Saga Continues.. lol “Find out next time… on…IQALUIT…WATER…TREATMENT”

    Season 3 should be awesome haha

  5. Posted by Wondering invoice on

    Wondering why has the December invoice seems doubled as we dint seems to use alot of and anyone else noticed at all.


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