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CIty of Iqaluit - Apex River Drinking Water Supply (149007)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Amy Elgersma
Company: City of Iqaluit
Start Date: 2019-08-01
End Date: 2019-10-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The City of Iqaluit (the “City”) is applying to amend its water licence 3AM-IQA1626 to withdraw water from the Niaqunguk (Apex River) as needed to supplement the City's drinking water supply. The City proposes to pump this water overland to the Lake Geraldine reservoir during open-water conditions annually, as needed until a permanent alternate supply is implemented. The City of Iqaluit (the “City”) obtains its potable water from Lake Geraldine. Lake Geraldine is an engineered reservoir designed to contain the volume of water necessary to satisfy the drinking water needs of the City. The reservoir is refilled annually during spring and summer by natural inflows from snowmelt and precipitation. In years when natural inflows are low, the reservoir does not fill to full capacity, resulting in a potential shortage of available drinking water for the City during winter months. In 2018, following a spring with low recharge to the reservoir, the City applied for, and received, an amendment to its water licence on an emergency basis, to allow water to be withdrawn from the Apex River to supplement the reservoir prior to freeze up in 2018. The “Supplementary Pumping Program” was completed in October 2018. The City recognizes that a permanent solution for supplementing the City's drinking water supply is required, and has been making continuous progress to implement a permanent solution as an alternative to temporary supplementation from Apex river. Withdrawal of water from the Apex River involves placing up to three pumps in the river upstream of the bridge on the Road to Nowhere, and conveying water overland using flexible hoses, to Lake Geraldine. Equipment will be installed and removed annually, during years when supplementation is needed.
Persons: 6
Days: 60
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4746 polygon Apex Supplementary Withdrawal project area
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type A Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
generator 1 100kW power to pumps
excavator 1 40,000kg placement of pumps and hose
submersible pump 3 35 kW water withdrawal
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 0 0 Liters Up to 540 L per day required for generator during pump operation. Generator is direct fueled by truck.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
11000 submersible pump Niaqunguk (Apex) River
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
See attached Supporting Submission
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-12-22
Originator: Erica Bonhomme
Public Registry ID: 15006
Document Size: 15612.14 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-01-11
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 15046
Document Size: 246.15 Kb
2019-01-02 15:13:33, from: Erica Bonhomme
 On December 24, the following message was received: 24-Dec-2018 Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) Dear Amy Elgersma, Your project proposal No 149007 has been reviewed by the NPC and returned to you for further editing. Please login to your account on Proponent Portal website at to review the requests listed by the NPC under ‘Tasks’ and/or ‘Messages’. Nunavut Planning Commission Please clarify the editing required - there is nothing requested from you.

2019-01-03 11:48:19, from: Erica Bonhomme
 January 3 2019: I have emailed and left voice message to follow up on the exchange above.