Northern cities ‘could run out of fresh water’

Iqaluit, Nunavut is shown on Tuesday July 8, 2014. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Josh Dehaas, CTV News, June 12, 2017  

Researchers have found that a river under consideration as the future source of freshwater in Iqaluit, Nunavut is being impacted by climate change at such a rate that it might only be able to meet the growing city’s needs for two years.

In fact, York University’s Andrew Medeiros says Iqaluit and other northern cities could “run out of fresh water.”

Medeiros led a team of scientists who used freshwater isotopes, hydrologic modelling and climate change forecasting to test the viability of the Apex River as a new source of water for the growing city of 7,500 people. Iqaluit’s population has grown by 40 per cent since 1999 and it’s expected to continue adding people. Its current reservoir, Lake Geraldine, is only expected to be able to support a population of 8,300.

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