Iqaluit awaits chief public health officer’s confirmation that water is safe to drink – Nunatsiaq News

Test results show Iqaluit’s water supply meets Canadian drinking water guidelines, but the do-not-drink order remains in effect, chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma said at an emergency city council meeting on Tuesday.

“The water treatment plant is working well,” said Elgersma.

It will be up to Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, to lift the do-not-drink order, she said.

Three weeks ago the city and the Government of Nunavut Health Department told residents not to drink the tap water from the municipal water supply because it was suspected it had been contaminated with fuel. City officials, along with Patterson, confirmed that contamination in a news conference Oct. 15.

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