Canada: A month without clean water in the north

Canada: In late September, A Canadian citizen of Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s northernmost and sparsely populated territory of Nunavut, Adamee Itorcheak, took notice that something was wrong with his water.

According to Mr. Itorcheak, The first indicator was the kitchen sink, while recalling a chemical smell coming from the water.

Mr Itorcheak, is one of the approximately 7,700 Iqaluit residents who have been left without potable water for more than a month. It took many complaints of suspicious smells which got officials to confirm that the city’s water supplies were contaminated with fuel.

Since then a state of emergency was declared on October 12, Iqaluit’s residents have been warned that local water supplies are unsafe to drink or cook with. The water was so contaminated that officials warned that it wouldn’t be safe even after boiling.

Kenny Bell, Iqaluit mayor said that while officials are “pretty confident” that spillage of some type of fuel from an underground tank is the likely culprit, they aren’t “100% sure”.

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