No water-related states of emergency in effect in Iqaluit

City’s Aug. 12 declaration was revoked when GN issued its own on Aug. 18, city spokesperson says

A state of emergency declaration Iqaluit city council made on Aug. 12 was revoked when the Government of Nunavut enacted its own to help the city deal with low water levels, a city spokesperson says. Following the GN’s lifting of its declaration on Tuesday, there are no state of emergency declarations in effect. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

There are no state of emergency declarations in effect in Iqaluit, as a result of the Government of Nunavut’s lifting of its declaration on Tuesday, a city official says.

The Government of Nunavut announced it was lifting the state of emergency it put in place Aug. 18 to help Iqaluit deal with low water levels in its Lake Geraldine reservoir. Low precipitation levels this year mean the reservoir is not replenishing itself.

To avoid a shortage over the winter, the city needs to pump water into the reservoir from nearby Apex River. To do that, the city needs a new licence from the federal government allowing it to draw more water than its existing permit allows.

“We have since received the emergency water licence amendment approval from [the federal government],” city spokesperson Geoff Byrne said in an email.

The hope was to start pumping by Thursday, the city’s chief administrative officer, Amy Elgersma, told council last week.

Iqaluit had declared a local state of emergency on Aug. 12, close to a week before the GN made its declaration.

When the GN made its declaration, the city’s declaration was revoked and was no longer in effect, Byrne said.


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  1. Posted by Maq-Pat on

    Lots of coverage on this story. Considering the attention, I’ll split a hair and toss out an interesting fact.

    In Nunavut a local state of emergency is overruled while one is declared by the GN, it isn’t automatically revoked. Revoking would be a separate GN order. Byrne is likely incorrect there appears to be no reason the GN would revoke the local state of emergency. Instead it almost certainly simply expired 7 days after being declared.

    States of emergency should always be time bound: USA Senate Report 93-549 identified in the early 70s that the USA had been under a state of emergency since 1933 and was still under three others.

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