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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:20 am
 


Title: Iqaluit residents asked to report fuel odour in drinking water
Category: Environmental
Posted By: DrCaleb
Date: 2021-10-12 07:39:15
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$1:
Don't drink the tap water, Iqaluit mayor tells residents


City staff found evidence of fuel contamination in the city's water supply


A state of emergency has been declared in Iqaluit after city staff found evidence of fuel contamination in the city's treated water supply. The water is unsafe to drink, even if filtered or boiled, according to the municipality.

In an interview with Nunatsiaq News Tuesday, Mayor Kenny Bell said every part of town was affected, whether water is delivered by pipes or by trucks.

"It's everything. Any treated water," he told the paper.

The city has more than 7,000 residents, all of whom will now need access to alternative sources of water.

Tap water can still be used for laundry, cleaning and showers, the Nunavut health department said in a news release, but it should not be used for bathing by pregnant women, or newborns and infants, and it should not be used to mix infant formula.

"We suspect there is some type of petroleum product that has entered the water system," chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma told council Tuesday evening.

She said staff had located "concentrated odours" in the water treatment plant. It's sent samples for testing and expects results in five business days.

The advisory not to drink the water was issued because this is a situation where boiling the water will not make it safe, Elgersma said.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/iq ... -1.6208466


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:22 am
 


Iqaliut has a single reservoir for city water. If it's contaminated, the entire reservior is useless. And this time of year, the river should be freezing. No one wants there to be a water crisis right before winter. :(


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:25 am
 


Yeah, shitty timing. Pure speculation, but the diesel storage systems at a lot of these remote communities are often pretty decrepit. ON top of the water issue, they could be looking at a massive amount of contaminated soil, if you have an old bulk storage system that's been leaking for a long time.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:32 am
 


Yea, if there were pumps uphill from the reservior, they are truly frelled.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:05 am
 


Lies, there is nothing wrong with the water. The Government just wants to control us.


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I'm glad Ottawa is finally making progress on lifting drinking water advisories, and hopefully they'll get to this one soon. Iqaluit is the damn capital of Nunavut-it shouldn't have to deal with this. The decrepit systems Zipperfish mentions are probably one of the biggest problems here.

What I'm wondering, though, is how and when there'll be long-term capacity to not only lift advisories but keep them lifted. Non-Native water utilities like Edmonton's EPCOR have a lot of institutional knowledge and experience in things like keeping their distribution systems clean, repairing broken infrastructure (e.g. water main breaks) and ensuring water's available almost any time you need it.

How much of that type of knowledge and experience exists in reserve communities? And I'm not blaming the Natives for this at all-it's yet another shitty part of the legacy of residential schools, underfunding and federal bureaucratic micromanagement. It's one reason I agree with Native advocates who say that Native nations should have their own province-like land bases and constitutional power over things like education and infrastructure. They'd obviously put a lot of effort into building that capacity to manage water services themselves, and probably handle it more efficiently.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:34 pm
 


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