Boil water advisory issued for Whale Cove
Water must be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute before drinking or being used to prepare food
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:
- 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.