Altogether, the Town of Inuvik has 950 water and sewer connections, 16 km of above ground Utilidor and less than a kilometre of buried line. The older Utilidor lines, which are much bulkier, were installed in the late 1950s when the federal government built Inuvik. Following an agreement with the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT) in June 2000, the Town of Inuvik became the system's owner and operator of the entire Town's water and sewage infrastructure.
The Town has made replacing the older Utilidor lines a priority, with an on-going program to replace 500 metres of water and sewer lines each year, at an annual cost of around 1.5 million dollars. However, unlike southern systems, Inuvik's arctic utilities system are much more costly to build and complex to operate due to factors such as extended cold winters and thaw-sensitive permafrost ground.
The Town of Inuvik's water and sewage infrastructure encompasses:
- Water supply, treatment and storage facilities at Hidden Lake and at East Channel.
- The Lake B pump house and pipeline.
- The trunk water Utilidors from Hidden Lake to the town site and the trunk sewage lines from the town site to the lagoon.
- The entire Utilidor system within the town site.
- Ancillary systems such as circulation and heating stations and the water temperature monitoring system, and the structures and foundations of Utilidors and vaults.
- Trunk sewage mains running to the lagoon.
- The sewage lagoon system.
- Utility lands and easements.
- The Utility also encompasses operations, maintenance administrative and management staff, shop building and headquarters space within the Town Hall, vehicles, tools and equipment.
- THE UTILIDORS ARE A DANGEROUS PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY. PLEASE INSTRUCT YOUR CHILDREN NOT TO PLAY ON THE UTILIDORS. A SLIP OR FALL COULD SERIOUSLY INJURE A CHILD AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A PARENT TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY. WALKING ON THE UTILIDOR IS CONSIDERED TRESPASSING.
- DURING THE WINTER MONTHS DO NOT PUSH ANY SNOW ON OR NEAR THE UTILIDORS. THE SYSTEM MUST BE CLEAR AT ALL TIMES. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT SHOVELING OR PUSHING SNOW ON OR NEAR THE UTILIDORS, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMOVAL OF IT AT YOUR EXPENSE.
For more information, please contact the Utilidor Head Operator (Monday to Friday).
For Emergency, please contact the after hours Utilidor operator or phone 867-678-5384.