One of several truck accidents in the North Thompson River last winter that led to a diesel fuel leaks, causing Interior Health to issue “Do Not Use” Orders for users of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Vavenby Community Water System. A recently installed cement barrier is expected to prevent such incidents going forward. File photo

Highway upgrades aim to protect North Thompson water supply

Cement barrier expected to prevent trucks from contaminating river

Kamloops This Week

A stretch of highway that left Vavenby’s water system vulnerable will be safer this winter, following recent upgrades by the Ministry of Transportation.

Wells Gray Country Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Carol Schaffer pushed for changes to the Yellowhead Highway, seven kilometres north of Vavenby to Valemount, after multiple truck crashes last winter led to diesel fuel leaking into the North Thompson River, compromising the water supply to Vavenby residents.

Truck’s diesel spill in North Thompson River prompts ‘Do Not Use’ Order for Vavenby

Schaffer met in the past year with the ministry pushing for upgrades.

She said guardrails were installed in the last few weeks.

The cement barrier is expected to prevent trucks from contaminating her community’s water supply, especially as the area braces for snow.

“It’s one safety issue that will help,” Schaffer told KTW.

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