Van­dals strike wa­ter tank in Burin

Dam­age could have caused ma­jor wa­ter in­ter­rup­tion

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

Council ap­proved a mo­tion to in­stall a se­cu­rity cam­era and fenc­ing at the site of the town’s wa­ter hold­ing tank in the area of Big Pond.

The pub­lic works com­mit­tee brought the rec­om­men­da­tion to council fol­low­ing a re­cent oc­cur­rence of van­dal­ism to the town’s wa­ter hold­ing tank.

The de­part­ment dis­cov­ered an an­tenna on the tank had been bro­ken, re­sult­ing in an in­ter­rup­tion in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the tank and the town’s pump house.

Coun­cil­lor Everett Far­well ex­plained the in­ter­fer­ence be­tween the two sites could have meant a ma­jor in­ter­rup­tion to the wa­ter sup­ply to half of Burin, in­clud­ing the hos­pi­tal and Lewin’s Cove.

Burin Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan won­dered if the van­dals who caused the dam­ages con­sid­ered the se­ri­ous­ness of their ac­tions.

“Do peo­ple re­al­ize when they do things like this that they’re prob­a­bly go­ing to (leave) the whole town without wa­ter?” he said dur­ing the meet­ing.

“It could af­fect them as well as some­one else.” On­go­ing is­sue Lun­dri­gan added that ap­prox­i­mately 10 years ago, the town in­vested be­tween $80,000- $90,000 to re­fur­bish the tank.

“To look at it in there now – it’s painted up, marked up and scratched up.”

Lun­dri­gan asked what more could council do to keep peo­ple from ac­cess­ing the area.

“(Is it) com­ing to the point where we are go­ing to have to put a chain-linked fence around it with barbed wire on the top of it?”

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