City of Iqaluit hires firm to investigate fuel smell in tap water

Mayor Kenny Bell called into ’emergency meeting’ on issue

The City of Iqaluit is asking residents to report concerns about water that smells like fuel. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit has hired an engineering firm to investigate complaints from residents that their tap water smells like fuel.

Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell, meanwhile, said on Twitter that he’d been pulled into an “emergency meeting” Tuesday afternoon about the water issue.

Earlier in the month, several Iqaluit residents posted on social media to ask if others smelled fuel, gas or oil in their water.

The city published a public service announcement on Oct. 4, stating that the city found no issues with the water and that it was safe to drink.

On Tuesday, the city released another statement, saying that it is continuing its investigation by conducting more tests and mapping the locations where odour in water has been reported.

The release states that there is no water quality advisory issued at this time and that all the city tests are satisfactory.

The city is asking people to report water concerns to Sue Avery, the city’s public works clerk. Anybody with concerns can contact her, or the public works department at or by calling the public works department at 979-5630, or city dispatch after hours at 979-5650.

The city is asking residents to include:

  • Their name
  • Their building number
  • The time and date that they smelled the odour
  • If the odour is constant or intermittent
  • The description of the odour and water quality
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