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

News Type: 
Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE- April 8, 2022 – The Chief Environmental Health Officer is providing an update to the Do not Consume Advisory for Sachs Harbour issued March 23, 2022, The Do not Consume Advisory is still in effect for drinking water in affected houses and buildings. The Community Government, Municipal and Community Affairs, and Health and Social Services staff have been working to resolve the issue.

The results of the investigation and results of samples taken on March 25 allowed the CPHO to permit the community to resume use of the water source and the water truck for delivery of drinking water in the community.

Community members in affected houses and buildings should continue to obtain drinking water from the hamlet (bottled water or municipal water in the blue refillable water bottles)

The Community Government contractor has been working to clean water tanks and plumbing in the affected buildings. If you still smell fuel from the water in your home after cleaning is completed, please contact the community government. Additional flushing of the piping may be needed. 

The affected houses and buildings remain on a Do not Consume Advisory until drinking water samples indicate no fuel in the water in those homes. These samples will be taken in each affected house or building once the cleaning is completed and sampling can be done.

An update will be provided when results are received. The Hamlet will notify the affected buildings when the notification is received from Health and Social Services.

Samples cannot all be processed at once, therefore buildings will be prioritized based on risk.

The advisory can be found here:

https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/newsroom/do-not-consume-advisory-drinking-water-affected-houses-sachs-harbour

Fact sheet on gasoline contamination in drinking water:

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/oxygenates_in_drinking_water

 

For more information contact:

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