Unknown organisms in water supply add to Igloolik water woes

People in Igloolik are rationing and boiling their water, as the hamlet continues to try to find a solution to issues with the frozen water reservoir. To make matters worse, residents are complaining of unknown organisms making their way through their pipes.

Residents complain of unknown organisms coming through drains

Residents in Igloolik are still waiting to hear how the hamlet's water woes will be solved this spring. Brian Fleming, Igloolik's senior administrative officer, says the hamlet has not declared a state of emergency, but it is 'limping along.' (Submitted by Lee Turbide)

As the hamlet of Igloolik, Nunavut continues to try and find a solution to its frozen reservoir problem, residents are now complaining that an unknown organism appears to be coming through their pipes. 

Brian Fleming, Igloolik's senior administrative officer, says the hamlet is not ready to declare a state of emergency, but it is "kind of limping along." 

"We are in a shortage," he said.

The community began asking residents to conserve water last week, and each day, the hamlet is renewing its boil water advisory. 

"What we've been doing in the meantime is melting it down and we've been able to manage to service the community," said Fleming.

Each summer, the hamlet refills the man-made reservoir, which usually provides enough water to last until the spring thaw replenishes the supply. This year, the late thaw is causing problems. 

"It's always tight in the spring," said Fleming, but the hamlet is looking into whether water consumption has been up.

Fleming says the hamlet is aware of complaints about organisms from the water supply making their way into people's homes and is working to figure out a way to solve the issue. 

Looking for a solution

The hamlet is looking at using water from Fish Lake to deal with the issue in the short term and Fleming says water from the lake is now undergoing a chemical analysis. 

Fleming says the hamlet is working with Nunavut's Department of Community and Government Services and the Nunavut Water Board. 

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