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Boil-water advisory issued for Nunavut community after coliform bacteria found in water

Boil-water advisories not uncommon in territory

October 17, 2023  By Ground Water Canada

Sanirajak, Nunavut – Coliform bacteria has been found in the municipality’s water system, prompting a boil-water advisory.

The territory’s department of health has advised that water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least a minute before it is used for such purposes as drinking, food preparations and teeth brushing. The water is deemed safe for bathing.

Boil-water advisories aren’t uncommon in Nunavut. Whale Cove underwent a similar advisory in July. Most advisories are the result of mechanical issues tied to water treatment plants or due to turbidity.


Several advisories have been issued over the past year in the territory.

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