North Thompson water restriction could last a week

By James Peters
January 19, 2017 - 11:34am Updated: January 19, 2017 - 5:51pm

VAVENBY, B.C. — An Interior Health order to not use water from the North Thompson River near the site of a crash could be in place for at least the next week.

The semi crash Monday resulted in as much as 800 litres of diesel fuel dumping into the water.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District held a meeting with residents in Vavenby last night, confirming they shouldn't use the water for anything but flushing toilets.

The TNRD says water from the river is continually being tested, and Interior Health will have a better handle on the length of the Do Not Use order when the most recent results come back within the next few days.

In addition to regular testing, the district is also developing a remediation plan for the water system.

Vavenby residents are being given eight litres of free bottled water per day, and it can be picked up at the Vavenby Community Hall.

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