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NEWS: Nunavut January 12, 2018 - 11:30 am

Boil water alert issued for Kugluktuk

Advisory is precautionary as new water treatment plant moves into operation

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Kugluktuk’s upgraded water plant, pictured in February 2017 shortly after a local inauguration ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GN)
Kugluktuk’s upgraded water plant, pictured in February 2017 shortly after a local inauguration ceremony. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GN)

As Kugluktuk’s new water treatment plant moves into operation, the Government of Nunavut has issued a boil water alert in the Kitikmeot community of 1,500.

The Health Department issued the advisory on Thursday, Jan. 11, calling it a “precautionary measure due to the new water treatment plant coming online.”

That means residents should boil all tap water for at least one minute before it is consumed. That includes water used for infant formula, juice, ice cubes, cooking, washing fruit or vegetables, or brushing teeth.

The new water plant was one of a handful of infrastructure projects built in Kugluktuk last year.

The GN said it will update the community on its water quality after officials have reviewed the plant’s operation.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by New Plant? on January 12, 2018

New Plant Boil water advisory? Sounds like somthing else is going on here. Do they not test these plants prior to public delivery? Call me crazy…... Sounds like another GN head scratcher

#2. Posted by Think about it on January 12, 2018

#1 and when they test these new plants prior to public delivery; where to they put the water used in these tests?
This is normal procedure, they test the plant to ensure it works, now they are testing to see if the treatment is what it needs to be, and as a precaution they issued this advisory. I would rather that they tell us before hand to boil the water, then tell us the plant is not treating the water properly you should have boiled the water for the last week.  The GN does lots of things that make people scratch their hands; this is not one of them.

#3. Posted by New Plant? on January 12, 2018

#2 usually some type of holding tank and discard of acesses. Why put the public in jepordy with a brand new plant when there is a perfectly good old one still working in the community. Even in the south they dont introduce new treatment plant water into public system without having it thoutougly tested prior.

#4. Posted by Not even on January 13, 2018

The plant is not even dispensing water and we are boiling water.

#5. Posted by Classic Burles on January 15, 2018

Classic 12 million dollar project with the pictures ops a year ago and doesn’t work, built wrong, waste of money Classic….

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