Nunavut government to close Iqaluit offices Wednesday due to water shutdown

Essential services like Qikiqtani General Hospital and the city’s mental health treatment centre will remain open

Most Government of Nunavut offices in Iqaluit will be closed Wednesday due to city-wide water shutdown, although emergency services, such as those provided at Qikiqtani General Hospital, seen above, will remain open. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Most Government of Nunavut offices in Iqaluit will be closed Wednesday while crews replace valves in the city’s water distribution system, resulting in the shutdown of the city’s water supply from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Government owned and leased buildings will close all day Wednesday, when water pumps to the buildings will be shut off, a GN news release said Tuesday.

During the day-long shutdown, sprinkler systems will be offline, though fire alarm systems will still be able to notify the fire department, the GN said.

Emergency services will remain open all day Wednesday, including those provided at Qikiqtani General Hospital, the Akausisarvik Mental Health Treatment Centre, the Qulliq Energy Corp. power plant and correctional facilities in the city.

The COVID-19 hotline remains open as will health IT support services and the family wellness office.

The RCMP’s Iqaluit detachment will also be closing its front-counter to non-urgent needs on Wednesday, police said this week.

GN and RCMP offices are expected to reopen on Thursday at 8:30 am.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Consistency on

    In the smaller communities when we dont have water we still have to work for the first 2 hours in the morning then again for the first 2 hours in the afternoon. but really Oh Ima is right, no real disruption. haha

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