Iqaluit to spend $100K on bypass system for water treatment plant

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By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The City of Iqaluit will spend $100,000 on a bypass system for its water treatment plant.
It’s a move city administration hopes will help meet requirements for the Government of Nunavut to lift a do-not-consume water advisory that has been in place in Iqaluit for more than a month. People in the city haven’t been able to drink their water since Oct. 12, when fuel contamination was discovered at the treatment plant.
Chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma presented the plan to build the bypass system to councillors during a special council meeting Nov. 15.
Council voted unanimously to approve the plan, pending GN approval of it. The city will try to recoup the money through the territorial government’s Municipal Request for Assistance program.
The bypass system, which was expected to be in place as soon as Nov. 20, will allow treatment plant operators to feed raw water around the underground tanks while giving it two tiers of...continued.

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