Iqaluit residents warned not to use potable water

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CANMORE, ALTA. – Residents of Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit, are warned not to consume the city’s drinking water due to the possibility of petroleum hydrocarbons.

Residents are advised not to consume tap water for drinking or cooking until further notice. Boiled and filtered water is not safe to drink at this time, the city said on Tuesday.

“Pregnant women, newborns and infants should not bathe or bathe in tap water. Do not use tap water to mix infant formulas ”, reads a public health notice released on Tuesday.

Laundry, cleaning, and showers are deemed safe by the city, although residents are urged not to swallow water when bathing.

The announcement comes days after the city received complaints about the smell of fuel coming from residents’ taps. Before an emergency city council meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell urged residents not to drink the water.

“More tests are underway and clear information is coming soon,” Bell tweeted.

The city has been investigating since Sunday reports of a smell of fuel in drinking water.

“An active investigation of the city’s drinking water system and additional drinking water testing is underway,” the notice read. “The Department of Health expects to receive additional test results from environmental labs outside the territory in about five business days.”

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