Fire hall to get new water tank

Firehall building expansion to house tank and pump system

Members of the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department will no longer have to steel themselves before they take a sip of water at the hall, thanks to a vote Tuesday at the Regional District of Nanaimo board meeting.

The board voted to authorize an expansion to the Meadowood hall to house a new water tank, which will be used to store water for on-site consumption.

The water supply for the hall has been marginal since it was constructed in 2009, with a high iron and sodium content, leading to severe staining of fixtures and an unpleasant taste.

The new, 2,500-gallon tank will be filled periodically from a water truck. The addition will also house a new compressor to fill air  tanks for the firefighters and a water pump.