Containment booms have been set up along the Slocan River to catch jet fuel from the tanker truck that went into Lemon Creek last month. While the Do Not Use order remains in effect on the Slocan

Do-not-use restrictions lifted from Kootenay River

All do-not-use water restrictions on the Kootenay River have been removed announces Interior Health.

All do-not-use water restrictions on the Kootenay River have been removed.

This means that the water drawn from the Kootenay River, above and below Brilliant Dam may be consumed and it is now safe for recreational purposes from a health perspective, said Interior Health communications officer Tracy Watson.

“However, given the presence of containment booms on these waters, recreational users are advised to avoid these areas,” she said in a release issued Tuesday afternoon. “The wires and chains used to keep the booms secured are a safety hazard.”

The do-not-use order for drinking water and recreational use remains in effect for Lemon Creek and Slocan River until further notice.

The orders were imposed July 26 following a spill of 33,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek, which flows into the Slocan and in turn into the Kootenay.

Professionals with knowledge about contaminated sites and biology, who have been contracted by Executive Flight Centre, continue to do testing of affected water. This testing will help determine when the remaining do not use order can be lifted.

At a public meeting in Winlaw a week ago, official estimated it would take up to 10 days.

 

Just Posted

Selkirk College students protest proposed tuition increases

Sudents’ union says this year’s 2 per cent increase puts education out of reach for some

Nelson project funds rural schools in Nepal

Mountain trekker David Swain runs the Altitude Project

Trail area homicide investigation continues

Jan. 14 marked one year since Jordan Workman was discovered in the trunk of a burnt car

Leafs, Nitehawks settle for 4-4 tie

Nelson is now unbeaten in nine straight games

Former ski champ and MLA’s son hope to open Castlegar cannabis store next month

Felix Belczyk and Ben Conroy are in the approval process for local Spiritleaf outlet

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

New military armoury opens in Cranbrook

Military presence in the Key City a part of the 44th Engineer Squadron

Most Read