Iqaluit working on GN requirements to lift water order


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By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Department of Health has set out several requirements the City of Iqaluit must meet before people in the city can start drinking their tap water again.
It’s been nearly five weeks since the territorial government issued a do-not-consume water advisory following the discovery of fuel contamination at the Iqaluit’s water treatment plant.
The list is extensive, with a number of measures meant to demonstrate not only that the water is safe to drink, but that city staff understand how fuel got into the water treatment plant and what work is needed to scrub it out.
“The important thing is that the [water treatment plant] is back online, delivering safe drinking water,” wrote Health spokesperson Danarae Sommerville in an email to Nunatsiaq News.
City staff need to provide three sets of clean test results, taken on different days, from areas throughout the water treatment plant and distribution system, Sommerville said.
The city will also need to swab and test the city’s water pipes to ensure there is no fuel remaining in...continued.

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