Queen Charlotte’s new reservoir is finished and holding water.
The structure arrived in pieces, and workers assembled it next to the old one. The reservoir is bolted to a concrete foundation to make sure it wouldn’t shift during an earthquake.
With the new one in place, local maintenance workers were able to empty out the old reservoir and give it some maintenance and cleaning.
The old reservoir is in better shape than feared. It’s 20 years old, and maintenance supervisor Victor La Boucane thought it might need some repairs, but the bolts and strapping are good for another five years, he estimates, after getting inside to clean it.
However, unlike the new one, the old reservoir isn’t bolted to its base. Mr. La Boucane is looking for grant funding to pay for that to be done, so both reservoirs will be earthquake proof.
The two reservoirs store a total of 200,000 gallons of water, making the community better able to manage long power outages or a big fire without running short of water.
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