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Iqaluit investigating after ‘inflow of considerations’ that the town’s water smells like gasoline once more | CBC News


The City of Iqaluit says it believes there’s nonetheless some gasoline that must be flushed out of its water provide.

The metropolis issued a public service announcement Friday after receiving “an inflow of considerations from the general public” beginning Thursday night about its consuming water smelling of gasoline.

In an e mail, metropolis spokesperson Stephanie Clark confirmed the town has obtained greater than 20 complaints since Thursday night.

The metropolis is asking residents to take aerators off their faucets and run the water on chilly for 20 minutes as quickly as potential, earlier than 6 p.m. ET this night.

In the general public service announcement, the town stated it has introduced in engineers and different consultants to “instantly examine and help in responding to this problem.”

“At this time, it’s believed that potential remaining hydrocarbons could have entered the water provide and must be flushed out of the distribution system,” the town wrote.

“The metropolis is proactively opening distribution valves to advertise the native flushing of water.”

‘Trace quantity’ of hydrocarbons

The metropolis stated it hasn’t measured any overly excessive ranges of petroleum hydrocarbons at its water remedy plant, however it continues to display for hydrocarbons. The announcement additionally stated information from this week reveals small quantities of hydrocarbons.

“An preliminary evaluate of knowledge from the real-time monitoring station signifies a hint quantity of hydrocarbons entered the distribution system on Monday and Wednesday of this week,” it acknowledged.

The metropolis has additionally elevated its weekly laboratory sampling efforts.

Residents who need to report considerations about gasoline odours are requested to name the water high quality hotline at 867-979-5603.

It has been 5 weeks since Nunavut well being officers lifted a do-not-consume order for Iqaluit’s water. 

Officials initially advised residents to not drink the faucet water on Oct. 12 after complaints flooded in a couple of odor of gasoline within the water.

Iqaluit’s 8,000 residents spent two months consuming water from the Sylvia Grinnell River or bottled water flown in by the town as a substitute of faucet water.

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