The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has scheduled a meeting for users of the Vavenby Community Water System following a truck crash that saw diesel fuel spill into the North Thompson River.
The accident early Sunday morning led to the fuel entering the river upstream of the community of Vavenby, which is about on hour and 40 minutes north of Kamloops on Highway 5 North.
The meeting is set for the Vavenby Community Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in light of an order from Interior Health not to use water from the Vavenby Community Water System. The duration of the order is not known and subject to the results of the water samples being collected.
All water users are advised to use bottled water or an alternate source of water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, bathing and food preparation until further notice. Boiling the water will not make it safe.
About 250 people who draw their water from that river between the spill site, 10 kilometres south of the community of Avola, down through Clearwater to the confluence of the North Thompson and Clearwater Rivers, are asked to check their water for any signs of contamination.
The Avola water system, which draws from Avola Creek, is not affected.
The TNRD will be providing water to the water system users. It will be available at the Vavenby Fire Department between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. until further notice.
For further information, call the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-377-7188.