September 1st Water Shutdown – Additional information

August 30, 2023

September 1st Water Shutdown – Additional information

As previously announced, there will be a City wide water shutdown from 9am until 5pm on Friday September 1st.

The only exception is the Qikiqtani General Hospital. The hospital will continue to have water service during the shutdown, and will not be subject to the Health Department’s precautionary boil water order following the shutdown.

Water trucks will be filled and on standby for firefighting purposes. When piped water service returns, the water trucks will return to making deliveries.

Trucked water customers are also included under the Government of Nunavut’s precautionary boil water order.

The landfill remains open and garbage pick-up will continue on schedule. Sewer trucks will also be in operation during the shutdown.

Water pressure will drop during this shutdown. When water pressure drops, the Chief Public Health Officer of Nunavut automatically issues a precautionary boil water advisory. If this water interruption affects your residence, you are under a precautionary boil water advisory.

When the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer informs the City of Iqaluit that the advisory is lifted, we will inform residents.

During a precautionary boil water advisory, the health Department recommends that all water for consumption is brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one full minute.

It is recommended that all water be boiled for the following uses:

•          drinking;

•          preparing infant formulas;

•          preparing juices and ice cubes;

•          washing fruits and vegetables;

•          cooking; or

•          brushing of teeth.


Water can be boiled either in a pot or kettle on a stove or an electric kettle without an automatic shut-off.


For additional information, please contact:

Kent Driscoll Communications and Customer Service Manager 867-979-5607

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