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Iqaluit’s drinking water meets national standards, but not yet cleared for consumption

November 4, 2021  By Ground Water Canada

Iqaluit – Although Iqaluit’s drinking water meets national standards, according to city officials in Nunavut’s capital city, residents are awaiting word from the territory’s chief public health officer before it can be consumed.

A certification letter that states the water meets safe health guidelines is being worked on by engineers.

The letter will need to be subsequently reviewed by chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson before a “do not consume” order can be lifted.


Traces of fuel found in the local treatment plant were discovered three weeks ago, preventing residents from being able to drink tap water.

About 8,000 residents have been affected by the contamination.

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