New water advisory for North Thompson after another diesel spill

The incident is the latest in a string of similar crashes. Truck crashes and diesel spills into the river in the North Thompson Valley also occurred in December, January and March

Yet another truck crash and fuel spill in the North Thompson River has led to a water advisory.

The advisory is in place for people living on the North Thompson River near Vavenby, which is north of Clearwater and about 150 kilometres north of Kamloops.

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Diesel fuel spilled into the river Thursday following an accident involving a transport truck on Highway 5, according to Interior Health. The truck’s cargo also included containers of resin and resin hardener that may have been swept away in the river as well.

The incident is the latest in a string of similar crashes. Truck crashes and diesel spills into the river in the North Thompson Valley occurred in December, January and March.

Residents who draw their water from the river between the latest crash site — 12 kilometres north of Vavenby near Mad Creek — south to the confluence of the North Thompson with Clearwater River are advised to check their water for any signs of diesel fuel including sheen or fuel odour.

Residents in the affected area should not use the river water if it smells or tastes like fuel, meaning people should refrain from drinking, showering/bathing or brushing teeth with the water if a fuel odour is detected.

Diesel fuel can pose a health risk following ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption.

Due to the individual packaging and low likelihood of a large release, health risk presented by the resin material is considered low, the ministry stated.

There has been no impact to the Vavenby community water system, but as a precaution, the Vavenby intake was shut off temporarily.

It has since been restarted and the water is being monitored to ensure that no fuel has been taken into the system, the press release went on to state.

The Ministry of Environment is monitoring the situation and further information will be provided as necessary.


(This story has been corrected from an earlier version that incorrectly stated the advisory was a boil water advisory)




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