Residents told not to use Iqaluit’s tap water after tests show evidence of fuel

Residents told not to use Iqaluit's tap water after tests show evidence of fuel

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Iqaluit residents are being told not to drink, boil or cook with the city’s tap water.

A statement issued by the Nunavut government says tests found evidence of petroleum hydrocarbons, or fuel chemicals, in the city’s water.

It also says newborns and infants should not be bathed in tap water.

The city ran tests last week and had said the water was safe to drink after residents complained on social media that their tap water smelled like fuel.

The statement says tests are ongoing and results are expected back within five business days.

The city says an emergency water source is being made available.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2021.

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