Some water safe after B.C. fuel spill

Some water safe after B.C. fuel spill - image

CASTLEGAR, B.C. – Some of the water restrictions put in place after a tanker truck spilled its load of jet fuel in a southeast B.C. creek have been lifted.

Health officials say it’s now safe for residents to use water from the Kootenay River above and below the Brilliant Dam.

The river has also been cleared for recreational users, but the Interior Health Authority says containment booms are still up in the water and wires and chains used to keep the booms in place could be safety hazard.

The do-not-use order remains up for those who draw water from Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

The health authority says garden vegetables, fruit, eggs and dairy milk that were in contact with the fuel vapor are safe to consume, as long as they don’t smell like fuel.

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The order has been in place since July 26, when a tanker truck carrying fuel for fire-fighting helicopters tumbled off a logging road into Lemon Creek, spilling most of its 35,000 litres of fuel.

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