Iqaluit residents urged to fill water jugs before Wednesday’s shutdown
City issues tips for getting through city-wide service disruption
Iqaluit residents are encouraged to fill water jugs or other containers to help them get through Wednesday’s one-day water shutdown.
It’s one of the tips the City of Iqaluit listed in a public service announcement to help prepare for the city-wide disruption. The city is shutting water off on Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for the replacement of key valves to the city’s water infrastructure.
Other suggestions the city offered include:
- Shutting off circulator pumps before the shutdown and turning them back on afterward.
- Boiling any water to be consumed or used for brushing teeth for one minute.
- Taking the tank lid off toilets to allow tanks to be filled with water for flushing.
- Using hand sanitizer or other cleaning agents for general cleaning.
- Using water for essential uses only.
- People on trucked-water service should conserve water on Tuesday to ensure they do not run out on Wednesday.
Across the city, some services might be disrupted by the water shutdown. For example, the RCMP’s Iqaluit detachment’s front counter service will be suspended during the shutdown. The detachment will be closed for non-emergency service calls. Services will resume on Thursday. Residents can call the emergency line in the event of an emergency.