New water tower set to rise in Neil's Harbour
Cost of tower factored into new water rates
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.