Water supply all clear

UPDATED: 2:52 p.m.

Following the semi-truck accident in the North Thompson River that lead to a diesel fuel leak north of the water system intake, Interior Health has confirmed that the Do Not Use Notice on the Vavenby Community Water System has been rescinded. 

All users of the system can resume using their water as normal.

Water samples were taken from various locations near the system.

Laboratory test results of the samples indicate that the water system has not been contaminated.

ORIGINAL: 9:57 a.m.

A water advisory has been issued for people who draw their water from the North Thompson River after a semi-trailer crashed into the river south of Avola early Sunday morning.

The semi and trailer has been removed, however, Interior Health is urging residents to be cautious and check their water for any signs of diesel fuel (sheen or fuel odour).

"As a precaution, Interior Health is advising residents who draw water from the North Thompson River between the spill site, 10 kilometres south of Avola, down through Clearwater to the confluence of the North Thompson and Clearwater Rivers to be alert for signs of fuel contamination."

The Ministry of Environment is monitoring the situation and working with an environmental consultant who is collecting water samples as part of the remediation plan.

Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) officials in Vavenby, the nearest community water system downstream from the spill, were notified immediately and the water system has been placed on a Do Not Use Order.

The TNRD will be providing bottled water and bulk water at the Vavenby Fire Hall for residents on the Vavenby Community Water System.

Interior Health will continue to work with the TNRD to monitor the Vavenby water system.

The TNRD took daily water samples from the Vavenby Community Water System following the accident, with sampling to continue while the system remains under the “Do Not Use” notice.

"These samples are currently being analyzed with results expected late Thursday or early Friday," stated TNRD.

"While under a “Do Not Use” notice, users are reminded that the water is not to be used for anything but flushing toilets. Free bottled water for drinking and bulk water for cooking, washing dishes, etc is available to the water system users at the Vavenby Fire Department.

The TNRD has also made arrangements for Vavenby Community Water System users to use the North Thompson Sportsplex shower facilities free of charge while the community water system is under the existing Do Not Use notice.

The Sportsplex hours this week are:


  • January 4th – 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • January 5th – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • January 6th – 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As soon as the results of the water samples is known and a decision can be made on the current Do Not Use notice, further information will be provided.

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