One of the four tanks put in place to give residents of the Slocan Valley access to fresh water while they wait for the fuel spill to be cleaned up, was damaged this week by vandals.
Nelson RCMP Sgt. Darryl Little said one of the tanks was pushed over on Tuesday night, and all the water drained out of it.
Little said crews arrived on scene Wednesday morning to find one of the tanks damaged, so they repaired it. When they came back from filling the other three, they found the same tank damaged again.
There are tire tracks leading to the tank, which Little said is consistent with a pickup truck.
Little said they do not know who is behind the vandalism. “There is a growing frustration in the valley with how long it’s taking to get the water system up and running,” he said.
At a meeting on Tuesday, residents were told it could be another five to ten days before they can use their water system again.
Each of the four tanks holds 1,000 gallons, and were placed in the area to provide residents with potable water until the jet fuel spill is cleaned up from Lemon Creek.