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Update 2014/8/20


On August 15, Nunavut Chief medical officer, Maureen Baikie issued a Boil water advisory for Sanikiluaq when bacteria was detected in water samples taken from the hamlet's water system. Coliform bacteria were found in two samples tested Aug. 13, Baikie told Nunatsiaq News, as well as "a very small number of E.coli."

In a voice message, Ron Wassink, communications specialist for the Department of Health told WaterToday that new samples had been taken and sent to a laboratory in Winnipeg and that the advisory would be lifted once two consecutive samples were clear. According to Wassink, the drinking water in Sanikiluaq is chlorinated before distribution and no illnesses have been reported related to this incident.

Located in the heart of Hudson Bay in the Belcher Islands, Sanikiluaq is an Inuit community of 750 residents. It is the southernmost community in Nunavut, about 150 kilometres off the west coast of Nunavik, Quebec. The Inuit have inhabited the Belchers Islands for centuries. The Thule and Dorset cultures occupied the the Islands as evidenced by many sites.

This is the first water advisory ever reported in Nunavut.

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