With sewage leak repaired, Yellowknife begins clean-up

Last modified: April 4, 2019 at 2:07pm

Crews have begun cleaning up after Yellowknife’s Kam Lake suffered another sewage snafu earlier this week.

On Tuesday, a major sewage pipe near Kam Lake Road and Coronation Drive ruptured, leading to road closures for most of the day.

While the roads have reopened, the City of Yellowknife’s public works team is working to remove contaminated snow and any remaining dirty water from nearby ditches.


A spill report filed with the territorial Department for Environment and Natural Resources states an “unknown quantity” of sewage escaped in the incident.

The City said staff “will be attempting to make contact and give warning to any property owners near any spillage areas,” in part to help determine the extent of potential damage from the leak.

Warnings signs are being placed around the spill area, which centres on an area near the City’s garage.

“Residents are requested to pay attention to signage and to use caution in the area where crews are working,” read a City statement.

Kam Lake suffered a separate leak in January 2018 which required weeks of clean-up work.