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Boil-water advisory lifted for Iqaluit amid fuel contamination concerns

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Nunavut’s Health Department has lifted a precautionary boil-water advisory for the city of Iqaluit.

The capital’s 8,000 people had been under the advisory since Jan. 19 when the city started using a bypass system to pump water to residents.

The city shut down its treatment plant the same day after drinking water coming from taps was found to contain traces of fuel.

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The water was also contaminated with fuel late last year and residents were under a do-not-consume order for two months.

The Health Department says in a statement that the boil-water advisory was temporary to ensure the water was safe to drink while the city was switching over to the bypass.

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The department says such advisories are standard whenever there is a significant change to how the water is treated.

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