Do not Consume Advisory for the Drinking Water in Affected Houses in Sachs Harbour

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Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE - March 23, 2022 - The Chief Environmental Health Officer is issuing a Do not Consume Advisory for the drinking water in affected houses in Sachs Harbour. The odour of fuel and some visible sheen of fuel has been found in the drinking water in a number of homes that had water delivered recently. This advisory is issued in an abundance of caution, no illnesses have been reported. If you received water since Monday March 21, 2022 this advisory applies to you.

Boiling the water WILL NOT remove the contaminants. To avoid possible illness, you must not drink the water. Until further notice, use an alternate source of safe drinking water (such as bottled water) for:

  • drinking
  • making ice cubes, juices or other mixtures
  • preparing baby food or infant formula
  • food preparation, including washing fruits and vegetables, dishes, cutting boards and countertops
  • washing your hands (you may also use alcohol-based hand disinfectants, containing more than 70 % alcohol, in situations where an alternate water source is not available)
  • gargling or brushing teeth or dentures

Bathing and Washing

  • Toddlers and young children should not take baths or showers as they are likely to ingest water. Give sponge baths instead.
  • Adults should keep showers short (do not ingest water).
  • Laundry and cleaning can be done as usual.

The GNWT and Community Government will be investigating and completing an assessment of the water system including testing. The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will be able to determine when the advisory can be lifted. It will remain in place until the water is deemed safe through testing and the risks of further contamination and source have been addressed.

Members of the community are reminded not to consume tap water for drinking or cooking, until further notice. This includes boiled water, filtered water through commercially sold filters such as Brita filters and filtered water through reverse osmosis systems.

Fact sheet on gasoline contamination in drinking water:

For more information contact:

Jeremy Bird
Manager Communications
Health and Social Services
Jeremy_Bird@gov.nt.ca