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Underground fuel spill likely responsible for Iqaluit water contamination: officials

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WATCH: Contaminated Iqaluit water tank isolated following initial inspection – Oct 22, 2021

The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water.

City officials say in a news release that they found signs of a historic spill next to the water treatment plant in an inaccessible hole in the ground.

Iqaluit’s water has been undrinkable since Oct. 12 when traces of fuel were found in the water treatment plant.

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The city says testing is now being done to confirm the spill is the source of the contamination.

The city adds that it has reported the spill to the Nunavut government and has hired a professional firm to clean it up.

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There is still no timeline for when the city’s residents will be able to drink Iqaluit’s tap water again.

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