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NEWS: Nunavut August 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Nunavut issues boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq

Heat water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute, GN advises residents

THOMAS ROHNER
The Government of Nunavut has issued a boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq. The GN will lift the advisory after two sets of water samples taken on two consecutive days test negative for coliform bacteria. (FILE PHOTO)
The Government of Nunavut has issued a boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq. The GN will lift the advisory after two sets of water samples taken on two consecutive days test negative for coliform bacteria. (FILE PHOTO)

A boil water advisory is in effect for Sanikiluaq, as water samples show there are potentially harmful bacteria present, a news release from Nunavut’s health department said Aug. 15.

Coliform bacteria were found in two samples tested Aug. 13, Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health, Maureen Baikie, told Nunatsiaq News Aug. 18, as well as “a very small number of E.coli.”

Residents are advised to heat water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute before they consume it, the news release said.

“That includes for drinking, preparing formula, preparing juice and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking, brushing your teeth — for anything you would get water in your mouth, or consume it,” Baikie said.

The causes of the contamination are being investigated, she added.

The bacteria is usually found in fecal matter.

There have been no reports of illness due to water consumption in the community, Baikie said.

“One of the things we do when we get results like that is… we ask the community health centres to be vigilant for gastrointestinal illness and there’s been nothing unusual in Sanikiluaq,” Baikie said.

Symptoms of related illness would include diarrhea, vomiting and nausea though Baikie stressed there have been no such reports in the community.

To lift the boil water advisory, two sets of water samples, taken on two consecutive days, must test negative for the bacteria, Baikie said.

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