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Boil water advisory issued for Whale Cove

A boil water advisory has been issued for Whale Cove by Nunavut's Department of Health for the second summer in a row.

Water must be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute before drinking or being used to prepare food

All Whale Cove residents have been asked to boil their water before consumption until further notice. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

A boil water advisory has been issued for Whale Cove by Nunavut's Department of Health for the second summer in a row.

All residents have been asked to boil their water before consumption until further notice.

All water must be brought to a rolling boil for one full minute before:

  • Drinking
  • Preparing infant formula
  • Preparing juices and ice cubes
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Cooking and brushing teeth

Residents can boil water on the stove or in an electric kettle that does not not have an automatic shut-off.  

The Department of Health says this is a precautionary measure based on unacceptable levels of total coliform bacteria in the water system.

There is a joint investigation between the Department of Health and the Department of Community and Government Services to investigate the issue.

Last year Whale Cove was issued a boil water advisory for three months starting in July. At the time tests also showed high levels of total coliform bacteria.

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