The city of Iqaluit states that trace amounts of fuel have been detected in the water supply of the capital of Nunavut.
The city says the first review of the data from the real-time surveillance station shows that the fuel went into the water on Monday and Wednesday.
It is said that measurements above the low warning threshold have not been made, but the city is actively opening the water distribution valve to wash away the water.
The city had already confirmed that it was under investigation after residents complained that tap water could smell fuel again.
After a 60-day ban, Iqaluit’s drinking water was once again considered safe.
The 8,000 people spent almost two months under a consumption ban last fall after the fuel was found in the water.
The city said in a statement that it believes that hydrocarbons that have re-entered the water supply may remain.
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For 20 minutes before 6 pm today, we are asking residents to remove the aerator from the tap and flush the water with cold water.
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The city also requires residents to report fuel odors to the water hotline so that staff can collect water samples.
However, workers are not allowed to enter people’s homes to test tap water, as the area is still under COVID-19 blockade orders.
Instead, samples are taken closest to the house where the smell of fuel is reported.
“The city continued to actively screen for petroleum hydrocarbons and stepped up its efforts to weekly laboratory sampling of water produced throughout its water treatment plants and distribution systems,” the city said in a release.
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