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Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Iqaluit after fuel smell returns to city water

Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Iqaluit after fuel smell returns to city water
Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Iqaluit after fuel smell returns to city water

اخبارالعرب 24-كندا:الأربعاء 19 يناير 2022 05:31 مساءً Residents in Iqaluit who are still using the city's water supply should boil their water for a full minute before consuming it.

Nunavut's health department issued a boil water advisory for the city Wednesday afternoon.

"The city has bypassed the water treatment plant due to recent contamination concerns," the advisory stated.

"While the contamination levels were below the health screening values developed by Health Canada, the boil water advisory is a precautionary measure because the water is not filtered through the normal water treatment process."

The department said tap water in Iqaluit may have a smell or taste, be slightly discoloured or have sediment in it.

Residents should boil their tap water if they are using it to wash food, brush teeth, cook, prepare infant formulas or juices, or make ice cubes. It should also be boiled for drinking.

Fuel odour returned

Iqaluit began investigating complaints last week that a fuel odour had returned to its tap water. On Monday, Mayor Kenny Bell told CBC News the city had received 116 phone calls from residents since Jan. 12 reporting the smell.

"We think that may be just ... a little bit of residual oil that was there," said Bell.

Between October and December last year, Iqaluit's residents spent almost two months under a do-not-consume order for city water because its water system had hydrocarbons in it.

Because of that, the city built a bypass at its water treatment plant — part of a list of requirements from the territorial government in order to lift the do-not-consume order.

The city has been distributing clean water at the Elders Qammaq. Bell said on Monday that the city will keep doing that as it flushes its water treatment system.

Health officials have said there are 'trace amounts' of hydrocarbons in the city's water supply and the levels are well below safety limits.

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