Whale Cove, Nunavut, remains under boil water advisory

A boil water advisory remains in effect for Whale Cove, Nunavut, nearly 3 weeks after it was first issued. Nunavut's health department says high levels of coliform bacteria are still present in the community's water supply.

Health department says high levels of coliform bacteria still in community's water supply

Unacceptable levels of total coliform bacteria remain in Whale Cove's drinking water supply, and the community remains under a boil water advisory nearly three weeks after it was first issued. (Yvon Theriault/CBC)

Nearly three weeks after it was first issued, the community of Whale Cove, Nunavut, remains under a boil water advisory due to high levels of coliform bacteria in the community's water supply.

Coliform is a common form of bacteria, used to indicate whether a water supply "may be vulnerable to contamination by more harmful microorganisms," according to this fact sheet from New Brunswick's health department

Nunavut's health department says it is has been testing the quality of water in the community, however, the levels of coliform are still too high to lift the advisory. The department could not say how much longer the advisory will be in effect.

Residents of Whale Cove should continue to boil their water for a full minute before consuming it.

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