Ensuring access to our most valuable resource, in our most northern community
In the summers of 2018 and 2019, after dry winters and meagre freshets (spring runoff), it was predicted that the reservoir supplying Iqaluit would not fill to full capacity naturally before winter. Nunami Stantec was retained by the City of Iqaluit to provide infrastructure/system design, assist with acquiring regulatory permits, and oversee immediate supplementation of the Lake Geraldine reservoir from another water source prior to freeze-up.
Equipment available to implement supplementation in 2018 and 2019 was limited due to the northern location of the project. The short window available for system design and implementation required Nunami Stantec’s specialized, local knowledge to be innovatively applied. Over several weeks in both 2018 and 2019, we designed systems to supplement water from the Apex River watershed to Lake Geraldine. Despite the urgency, the design of water supplementation was carefully planned to protect the Arctic char of the Apex River and their habitat.
The design of the 2018 emergency supply project has been used as the basis to install a semi-permanent pipeline from the Apex River to Lake Geraldine. Supplementing from Apex River is intended to begin in spring of each year until a permanent supply is implemented.
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