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Oct 12, 2022
Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell says he’s been told GN wants internal review; Main, Joanasie, Patterson all decline interview requests
One year after the City of Iqaluit declared a water crisis that went on for two months, Nunavut’s Health Department still hasn’t initiated a third-party review of the way it was handled.
And its leaders won’t explain why.
Iqaluit issued its declaration Oct. 12, 2021, after learning from the Government of Nunavut that the city’s water supply had most likely been contaminated with fuel.
In the following weeks, test results from southern labs revealed chemicals consistent with diesel and kerosene were found in the water at the city’s treatment plant.
During the two months of the water crisis, the City of Iqaluit established water distribution centres, bottled water was shipped in by the thousands and the military sent up a team to set up a water purification system.
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