New wa­ter tower set to rise in Neil's Har­bour

Cost of tower fac­tored into new wa­ter rates

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - ANNE FARRIES

Out with the old and rusty, in with the new and shiny.

A mod­ern, 27-me­tre (90 foot)-tall wa­ter tower is ris­ing in Neil’s Har­bour this month to re­place the ex­ist­ing stor­age tank, which is worn be­yond re­pair and has be­gun to leak.

“Work is start­ing as we speak,” Steve Gregory, vice-pres­i­dent of Greatario Engi­neered Stor­age Sys­tems, said Septem­ber 8th as his em­ploy­ees chipped at ground rock to level the foun­da­tion for the new tank, which will sit next to the ex­ist­ing tank, north of the vil­lage fire hall.

Gregory ex­pects the new tower to be work­ing by early Oc­to­ber.

The cylin­dri­cal tower is coated with glass inside and out to pre­vent the kind of me­tal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion that des­tined the ex­ist­ing tank for the scrap heap. Blue and bear­ing the name of the vil­lage, it will hold 760 cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter (200,000 gal­lons).

“It will not re­quire paint­ing for the life of the tank,” said Gregory, whose com­pany was the only bid­der on the project.

The price tag for the new wa­ter tower was $565,000. Greatario, which is based in In­nerkip, On­tario, has in­stalled 125 tanks in At­lantic Canada and been in busi­ness in Nova Sco­tia since 1991.

Leanne Maceachen, in­terim CAO and Di­rec­tor of Fi­nacne for Vic­to­ria County, said Septem­ber 6th that the county fac­tored the new tank into its 2016 pro­posal for in­creas­ing wa­ter rates, which was ap­proved by the pro­vin­cial Util­ity and Re­view Board in the spring.

Ef­fec­tive July 1st, the quar­terly base bill for house­hold ser­vice rose by $1.68 to $109.91. The ad­di­tional charge for wa­ter con­sump­tion rose from $2.19 to $3.22 per cu­bic me­tre.

Gregory said there will be no in­ter­rup­tion of ser­vice when the switch is made be­tween the two tanks. The new pipes will be in­stalled and work­ing be­fore the old tank is dis­con­nected.

Dis­pos­ing of the old tank is up to the County, Gregory said, adding that the rusted me­tal will prob­a­bly be sold to a re­cy­cler.

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