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Do Not Use water notice for Vavenby continues following fuel spill

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January 02, 2019 - 10:51 AM

VAVENBY - Vavenby residents have been under a Do Not Use water notice since Sunday and the all clear won't come until tomorrow or Friday.

A transport truck crashed into the North Thompson River about 31 kilometres north of Vavenby on Sunday, Dec. 30, dumping approximately 350 litres of diesel fuel.

Officials have been collecting samples from the North Thompson River and expect to have results either tomorrow, Jan. 3, or by Friday, according to a Thompson Nicola Regional District media release.

“The regional district is working closely with Interior Health Authority and it is anticipated that if the results show that the water system has not been contaminated, the Do Not Use notice may be rescinded by Interior Health,” the region district says.

Residents will be informed immediately after a decision has been based on the water samples waiting to be analyzed.

Residents using the Vavenby Community Water System are being reminded not to use the water except to flush toilets. Free bottled water for cooking and washing dishes is available at the Vavenby Fire Department.

The North Thompson Sportsplex shower facilities are also free of charge to affected residents.

This isn’t the first time Vavenby residents have been forced to use bottled water after a fuel spill impacted the water supply. In Jan. 2017, residents were advised not to use their tap water for eight days after a truck carrying approximately 800 litres of diesel crashed in the same area.

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