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Nunavut community Kugluktuk opens new water treatment plant


Kugluktuk, a coastal hamlet located at the mouth of the Coppermine River in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, recently held the official opening of three new community buildings, including a new water treatment plant, a public works building, as well as a six-bay garage to house the community’s water and wastewater trucks.

The western-most community in Nunavut, according to the 2016 census, the population of Kugluktuk is 1,491. The hamlet encompasses 549.65 sq. km. with some 430 private dwellings.

Together with local residents, Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut, and Ryan Nivingalok, Mayor of Kugluktuk, marked the official opening.

“We invested a lot of time and energy into research and planning for these projects to make the best use of funding, local contractors and other resources that were available in Kugluktuk. The benefit from this is that we have new facilities and renovated buildings that will serve our community for many years and we did it in a very cost-effective way,” said Nivingalok in a government release.