GN declares state of emergency in Kinngait over water distribution – Nunatsiaq News

May 18, 2023

Electrical issue at pumphouse affecting distribution; residents urged to conserve water

The Government of Nunavut declared a state of emergency in Kinngait late Wednesday due to issues with water distribution in the community.

Community and Government Services Minister David Joanasie declared a 14-day state of emergency under Nunavut’s Emergency Measures Act, effective from Wednesday through May 30.

An electrical issue at the Kinngait water pumphouse is limiting the hamlet’s ability to distribute treated water to the community, Joanasie said.

Available reserve volumes have been depleted, posing a risk to both public health and community infrastructure.

“We are working with the hamlet to restore services and support the residents of Kinngait,” the minister said in the news release.

The declaration of a state of emergency was needed to “expedite the processes required to deploy necessary resources to respond to the issue in Kinngait,” community and government services spokesperson Hala Duale said in the release.

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