Water from Kootenay River now safe to drink after B.C. fuel spill in creek

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.

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.