Biography: Kristen completed the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) program, in Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Prior to attending Dalhousie, she completed a Bachelor of Science (‘10) and Bachelor of Health Science in public health (‘12) at Cape Breton University. Throughout her studies, she has maintained a focus on environmental health issues. During the summer of 2013, Kristen was employed by the Centre for Water Resources Studies as a Research Associate working on the Nunavut Drinking Water Quality Source-to-Tap Monitoring project. This project included a three week visit to Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung, and Iqaluit to conduct interviews with residents and collect drinking water samples. The aim of this project is to assess potable water quality and develop an understanding of water consumption patterns and maintenance issues facing these remote communities.
Current Position: Kristen now works as a Public Health Inspector with Outbreak Management at Ottawa Public Health.
MREM Project Report: Assessing Drinking Water Quality in Remote Nunavut Communities
Abstract: The ‘Assessing Drinking Water Quality in Remote Nunavut Communities’ project report details the research undertaken by the Centre for Water Resources Studies in Pond Inlet and Pangnirtung, Nunavut, during the summer field work period of 2013. Both communities selected for this study utilize a trucked water delivery system, as piped water delivery systems are often not feasible due to the unique geographic characteristics of Northern Nunavut communities. As a consequence of trucked water delivery systems, water is extensively handled and there is a lack of available resources to determine the quality of drinking water delivered to residents. In response to the resultant lack of drinking water quality knowledge, a study was conducted to gain new knowledge of the implications of such water delivery systems. The study discussed within this report involved a source-to-tap drinking water sampling strategy and interviews of residents to identify water usage and consumption patterns, as well as water-related concerns. Key findings included a lack of water storage tank maintenance and low chlorine levels within the treated drinking water supply.