Two weeks after the Iqaluit winter storm destroyed the tents of the Canadian Armed Forces water purification system, their efforts to provide the city with clean drinking water have resumed.
On Monday, the City of Iqaluit announced that residents can obtain purified river water from the military purification systems of Abe Okpik Hall or Elder's Qammaq, but they must bring their own buckets or kettles-the reservoir no longer provides bottled water.
The warehouse is open from 11 am to 6 pm every day, including weekends.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, the city explained how the water is purified and stated that the water passed through the military's purification system is safe to drink.
Due to concerns about fuel pollution, 8,000 residents of Iqaluit have been unable to drink the city's water for the past eight weeks. Since October 23, the military has been helping to resolve the Iqaluit’s water crisis.
The original plan involved the use of reverse osmosis water purifiers on the Sylvia Grinnell River, but was hit by a storm on November 22, which damaged the frame of a military tent that protected the clean water bladder from The impact of the reverse osmosis system.
Afterwards, the military moved its purification system to indoor facilities on the grounds that continued bad weather posed a threat to the system and military personnel.
Major Susan Magill, a public affairs officer for the Northern Joint Task Force, said that Iqaluit City has extended its request for assistance to December 22, with the possibility of a two-week extension.
On Monday, the city of Iqaluit began asking residents to take a series of measures to help manage the waste generated by empty plastic water bottles-including crushing the bottles, putting the caps back on the crushed bottles and putting them in recycling bags.
In the public service announcement that day, the city asked residents to keep these recyclable items until the city formulated a management plan.
The announcement stated: "New York City intends to transfer as many of these bottles as possible from the municipal landfill."
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