Iqaluit sets up filling station after fuel found in drinking water again

Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Nunavut’s education minister says kids will return to school remotely next week and in-person classes on Jan. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter.

The City of Iqaluit has set up a water-filling station after traces of fuel were found in the Nunavut capital’s drinking water last week for the second time in recent months.

Iqaluit residents reported smelling fuel in their tap water and the city confirmed trace amounts had entered the distribution network.

The city said a filling station with river water was to open Monday and continue until Friday, but the water would need to be boiled before drinking.

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It said Iqaluit’s drinking water continued to test within Canada’s drinking water standards and a do-not-consume order was not issued.

Iqaluit’s 8,000 residents could not drink tap water for 60 days late last year after it was found to be contaminated with fuel.

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Last fall, the city dug up an old underground fuel tank, thought to be the source of contamination, next to the water treatment plant.

Residents of Iqaluit collect river water through holes carved into the ice near Iqaluit, Nunavut., on Friday, Jan 14, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar).

The city said it was continuing to flush out any remaining hydrocarbons.

“While a do-not-consume order has not been issued, and the drinking water in the distribution system continues to test well below the screening values for health, the City is opening a water depot for residents to fill their own jugs with river water as an alternative option,” the city said in a news release.

The city also said it would not be distributing bottled water.

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