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A boil water advisory (BWA) has been issued for the Hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut.

The water system for Naujaat, formerly known as Repulse Bay until two years ago, had recently been undergoing some operational difficulties, so a BWA was issued for precautionary reasons.

"We just got a brand new pump and fill station," said Rob Hedley, Senior Administration Officer for Naujaat, "And we were having difficulty getting the right mixture of chlorine in the system."

He told this reporter during a phone interview that testing has shown there is no inherent contamination of the lake that is being used as a source for the water system and that they are expecting to have the kinks worked out of the system in short order.

He expects that the approximately 1200 resident of Nauvaat that are affected by this water advisory will be pleased once the new system is running a little more smoothly.

"It eliminates the need for contact time," Hedley said," With the old (water system) it wasn't filtered right away so we had to wait twenty minutes before delivering to the residents."

He also mentioned that a lot of the population of Nauvaat are young children, so the BWA was issued quickly to avoid any possible repercussions.

Preliminary tests have come back favourable and Hedley is optimistic that the BWA will be lifted by start of next week.

Ron Wassink, a representative for Nunavut's Department of Health said that an initial press release sent out with information on reverse osmosis taps has since been recalled, as the community does not use them.

He also confirmed that he doesn't recall issuing any BWAs for the community before, so this is not an endemic issue for them.

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