Canada’s Arctic capital has ordered 7,000 residents not to drink water in the city because of suspected fuel pollution.
Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s northernmost territory of Nunavut, which borders Greenland, declared an emergency on Tuesday night and ordered residents to stop drinking and cooking tap water.
Residents reported a fuel odor in the water over the weekend, but the cause was unclear.
The city said the water would not be safe even after boiling.
Investigators have discovered potential hydrocarbon contamination in water treatment plants.
Analysis of samples shipped from the territory expired after 5 business days.
Some people in Iqaluit usually receive tap water and others are delivered by truck.
The city is trucking emergency water treatments, but the city says it needs to be boiled for at least a minute.
Other residents were able to fill the jug with water at the Iqaluit pickup point.
Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater within its borders, but currently 45 indigenous communities across the country have boiling water recommendations.
Water is a controversial issue for Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was first elected in 2015, and promises to end all boiling water recommendations within five years.
Food (including bottled water) is very expensive in northern Canada, partly due to high shipping costs.
In Iqaluit, two different boiling water recommendations have been issued since August for the repair of water infrastructure.
Canada’s Arctic Drinking Water “Unsafe”
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