Iqaluit declares emergency as petroleum suspected in water supply – Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit city council has declared a state of local emergency because some type of petroleum may have contaminated the city’s water supply.

The city’s senior administrative officer, Amy Elgersma, announced this during an emergency council meeting Tuesday.

There is no information on how the petroleum may have entered the water supply or when it happened.

“We suspect that there is petroleum — some type of petroleum product — that has entered the water system,” Elgersma said.

The city will receive results from samples in five to six business days, she said.

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