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WHALE COVE, NU: BOIL WATER ADVISORY DUE TO COLIFORMS - TOWN NEEDS NEW FILTERS, NU
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Residents of Whale Cove, Nunavut are being advised to boil their water for at least one minute before consuming.
Nunavut's Department of Health released a public health advisory informing residents that the water system in the hamlet tested positive for total coliforms, an indicator of other pathogens in the system.
Ron Wassink, Communications Specialist for the Nunavut Department of Health confirmed that the advisory is affecting the entire town of close to 500 residents.
The boil water advisory (BWA) will remain in place for the near future as a solution is still some time away, said Ian Copland, Whale Cove's Senior Administrative Officer.
Right now, the system lacks a filtration or UV device to remove the bacteria, so the water remains in holding tanks with a chlorine solution.
"They are talking about a portable unit being sent in by boat sometime this summer," said Copland, "I understand it has a filtration system but I'm not sure it has UV."
He added that this BWA came as somewhat of a surprise.
"For the past couple summers it has gone pretty well all summer long until the lake starts freezing."
Residents as being advised to boil water for the following uses:
Preparing infant formulas,
Preparing juices and ice cubes,
Washing fruits and vegetables,
Brushing of teeth
While the water remains safe for adult bathing, it's recommended that the elderly and infants be given sponge baths to avoid accidental swallowing.
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