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NEWS: Nunavut April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Nunavut health officials lift boil advisory in Rankin Inlet

Kivalliq community was under alert for 12 days

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Health officials in Nunavut have lifted a boil water advisory for the community of Rankin Inlet, which was in place for 12 days. (FILE PHOTO)
Health officials in Nunavut have lifted a boil water advisory for the community of Rankin Inlet, which was in place for 12 days. (FILE PHOTO)

Nunavut’s department of health lifted a boil water advisory for the community of Rankin Inlet April 14 — almost two weeks after it was put in place.

The GN first issued the advisory April 2 as a “precautionary measure” due to low levels of chlorine found in the water system.

During that period, residents of the Kivalliq community were advised to boil water for a minimum of one minute before it be consumed – including water used to prepare infant formula and water used for washing, cooking or brushing teeth.

The GN has yet to say what caused the low chlorine levels, but maintenance staff found the water safe to drink as of April 14.

Nunavut’s second-largest community, with a population 2,200, has struggled with water issues since the beginning of the year; a frozen water shut water off to a number of homes and businesses in late February and early March.

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