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Residents told not to use Iqaluit’s tap water after tests show evidence of fuel

Residents told not to use Iqaluit’s tap water after tests show evidence of fuel
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A statement issued by the Nunavut government said tests found evidence of petroleum hydrocarbons, or fuel chemicals, in the water. It also said newborns and infants should not be bathed in tap water.

Amy Elgersma, chief administrative officer for the city, told a council meeting Tuesday evening that the city is working to fix the issue and more tests are being done.

“In this case, we suspect that there is ... some type of petroleum product in the water,” Elgersma said.

The city ran tests last week and had said the water was safe to drink after residents complained on social media that their tap water smelled like fuel.

Tap water can still be used for bathing, showering and laundry, Elgersma said.

The city said an emergency water source is available and residents were asked to bring their own jugs.

Photos posted on social media Tuesday showed residents filling up jugs of water at Iqaluit’s Sylvia Grinnell river and buying bottles of water in bulk at the city’s two grocery stores.
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