Weekend water woes continue in Iqaluit

Boarding home without service Sunday as rest of city under ‘precautionary’ boil water advisory

The Tammaativvik medical boarding home in Iqaluit, seen in this undated file photo, is without water service on Sunday as city crews continue to repair a nearby water line. A “major leak” in the Astro Hill area on Saturday forced a city-wide shutdown of piped water. Service to most of the city was restored Saturday night, but officials advised residents to boil their water as a “precautionary” measure. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Both piped and truck water service in Iqaluit continue to be affected Sunday by a “major leak” in the Astro Hill area on Saturday that forced a city-wide shutdown of the city’s system.

Water service was restored to most buildings on Saturday night after the city shut down all piped water across the city at 4 p.m. Saturday to make a repair. But officials advised Iqaluit residents to boil their water as a “precautionary” measure.

On Sunday morning, the city reported that repairs to the water line near the Tammaativvik medical boarding home were still ongoing. The boarding home, where Nunavummiut stay while waiting for treatment at Qikiqtani General Hospital, did not have water “for the time being,” a city announcement issued Sunday morning said.

The city’s public works department expected the repair to the water line near the boarding home could be made without requiring another city-wide water shutdown, the announcement said.

If another shutdown is necessary, the city would announce that “as soon as that decision is made.”

Iqalummiut had about an hour’s notice of Saturday’s city-wide water shutdown, which took place at 4 p.m., but was announced at 3 p.m.

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Trucked water will be impacted by the response to the water line repair and won’t be running at full service, the city said.

“Please conserve water,” the city’s announcement said, thanking residents for their patience and public works crews for performing their duties “in very challenging weather conditions.”


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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by Fiji water on

    I, so glad I’m on truck service! Of wait! Never mind.

  2. Posted by 867 on

    I thought access to clean water was declared a human right. Guess that didn’t apply to nunavut?

    • Posted by Come from away on

      Or most reserves in Canada!

  3. Posted by Frobisher bay boy on

    Someone fr hamlet of frobisher bay should do the hamlet a favor & go put some holes at the river for the residents of frobisher bay.

  4. Posted by Frobisher bay boy on

    The hamlet of frobisher bay needs to serve it’s residents better sure can go put couple holes at end of air strip for the hamlets residents to fetch some water thanks allot leaders of frobisher bay wannabes.

  5. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    that pesky groundwater isn’t it….


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