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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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The Northern Village (NV) of Aupaluk is located on Ungava Bay in Northern Qu├ębec. The drinking water for the population of 159 is provided by tanker truck. The Ministère du Dèveloppement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) has had the village's water supply under a Boil Water Advisory since May 22 of this year.

We contacted the Village Office and were promptly directed to contact the operators of the tanker truck. When contact was made with the operator, we were informed that they could not answer questions on the subject and were informed to contact their boss, the Kativik Regional Government (KRG). We were able to confirm with both the office and operator that the boil order is indeed still in effect.

The person responsible for Aupaluk's drinking water, has been unreachable for comment.

The question remains how did this particular tanker become contaminated? The World Health Organization's (WHO) Fact Sheet 2.28 offers some indications.

According to the WHO when drinking water is supplied in this manner "some contamination almost always gets into the tank." This could be due to the fact that other liquids have been transported in the same tank and some residue has mixed into the drinking water. These trucks have a tendency to become contaminated without regular cleaning, and the WHO recommends the tank be "spray-rinsed with a 0.2 percent solution of chlorine," before filling with drinking water.

Whatever the cause of this specific case of contamination may be, the 159 residents must continue to boil their water before drinking. Water delivered in this manner is very susceptible to germs. The WHO stresses proper maintenance because if not properly cleaned one dirty load can "contaminate subsequent, possibly clean, loads."

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