The community of Coral Harbour, Nunavut, hasn't had a working sewage truck in a week and the mayor is calling the situation a crisis.

The hamlet has two regular sewage trucks but both have broken down. Because the community doesn't have sewage utility pipes, it relies on these trucks to empty tanks from homes and buildings. 

Coral Harbour sewage

'All our staff is working together to come up with alternative options,' said Mayor Jackie Netser. (Sandra Saviakjuk)

Mayor Jackie Netser said the hamlet tried converting an old dump truck into a sewage truck, but it too had mechanical issues and only lasted half a day.

He said cold weather hasn't been helping.

"A mechanic is working extra hard 'round-the-clock to try and get trucks going to use for a temporary solution," he said.

Netser said the hamlet has ordered new parts and hopes they'll arrive soon, but in the meantime he hopes the territory's department of Community and Government Services will offer other solutions.

"We are saying this is a crisis and we want help from the government," he said.

Netser says the territorial government is aware of the situation.

He said the hamlet will order portable outhouses if the trucks aren't fixed soon.