City recreation staff no longer assigned to water emergency

Aquatic centre, gym services restored as staff go back to aquatic centre; pool reopens Wednesday

The City of Iqaluit’s recreation staff have returned to the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, where the pool reopens Wednesday. Recreation staff were reassigned on Dec. 1 to help address the city’s water emergency. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit’s recreation staff are back at the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre and the gym is open after they were reassigned on Dec. 1 to help with the water emergency.

On Wednesday, the pool will be open for lane, public and family swimming, according to a City of Iqaluit news release.

Customers who had a monthly pass prior to the shutdown will get credited on their account for the time the centre was closed.

It remains unclear when the city will make other moves to return to normalcy, following a water emergency that lasted nearly two months, caused by the discovery of diesel fuel in the city’s water system.

During that time, Iqalummiut were under a do-not-consume water advisory due to fuel contamination. On Dec. 10, the Government of Nunavut lifted that advisory.

The city remains in a local state of emergency until Tuesday, and there is no emergency council meeting scheduled to extend it.

Councillors will decide whether or not to give residents a rebate on their November water bills during Tuesday evening’s council meeting.

They will also decide whether to request $1.67 million from the Government of Nunavut’s Municipal Request for Assistance Program to pay for costs incurred by the water emergency.

Mayor Kenny Bell could not be reached for comment.

The city has ended handing out bottled water and closed filling stations.

In a Dec. 6 news release, city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron said the city is “working with partners to identify solutions for the plastic waste” from water bottles, but did not provide any more details.

She said the city is asking residents to keep bottles in recycling bags at their homes until the city figures out what to do with them.

Cameron could not be reached for comment.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Like Usual on

    Too bad you did not put the empties onto the planes bringing up full bottles. Such a waste…

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  2. Posted by Seacans on

    There are seacans at the landfill for people to drop off empties. The city’s logo is on the graphic advertising it.

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