Water trouble sparks state of emergency in Nain

Smelly, dirty water that's unuseable for drinking or bathing has resulted in a state of emergency being declared in the northern Labrador community of Nain.

Smelly, dirty water that's unuseable for drinking or bathing has resulted in a state of emergency being declared in the northern Labrador community of Nain.

The AngajukKak, or mayor, Tony Anderson said the order came after an engineer with the department of municipal affairs confirmed that silt from nearby road construction is contaminating the town's water supply.

Anderson told CBC News the town felt it had no choice but to declare the state of emergency.

"We don't know how long this problem will last," he said. "We are very concerned about people using streams, untreated water and because we don't know and we've run out of alternate options. We need help."

Anderson said officials from the emergency measures organization will help provide equipment to pump and chlorinate water from another source, but that could take several days.

The Nunatsiavut government delivered an airplane load of bottled water to the town on Wednesday afternoon.