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Iqaluit taps into the Apex River for drinking water

Melissa Lafrenière

The city of Iqaluit has identified the Apex River as the best choice for a secondary drinking water supply to meet the need of its growing population. However, researchers from Ontario’s Queen’s University say more data is needed before tapping into this water source to prevent depleting the supply.

“Understanding what controls how much water you have at various times of year is pretty critical in order to determine whether that drinking water source is going to be sustainable,” says Melissa Lafrenière, an associate professor in the geography department at Queen’s University who heads the research team.

“Without understanding, you can’t manage the water source,” says Lafrenière.

The team is investigating the chemical signatures in the water to determine its origins; weather it’s coming from snow, rainfall, ice or groundwater. Lafrenière who started this research in 2013 says a long-term approach is needed to identify the impact of climate change on the water supply.

Read the full story by the CBC.
(Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)