Monday, May 9, 2011

Glacial meltwater on tap

Unlike most Nunavut communities, our water isn't sucked out of a lake.  Grise Fiord collects meltwater in the spring and stores it in two large tanks to supply the community for the whole year.  The source is glaciers north of the town, and I'm sure there is snow melt and rain coming off the glacier too.

Here are the two tanks:

The water trucks don't have to drive very far; the tanks are right in the middle of town.

The old tank was turned into a storage garage when it was decommissioned:

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