A water storage reservoir for fire emergencies is already in place on Matthew Road, 120 metres east of Creekcross Road (pictured above). — Lauren Collins photo

Nanoose Bay area to get reservoir for firefighting

Regional District of Nanaimo approves $150,000 project at Jan. 23 meeting

Those living in the Sea Blush Drive area of Nanoose Bay will be getting a water storage reservoir for fire emergencies.

During new business at the Jan. 23 Regional District of Nanaimo regular board meeting, the board passed a motion for the Nanoose Fire Service Area budget tax requisition to be increased by $50,000 in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The board also passed a motion that the existing planned vehicle and equipment reserve fund be used to finance the expenditure on an interim basis.

Director Bob Rogers of Nanoose said discussion on a water storage reservoir started a couple of years ago.

“There is no community water system up there, so this is a water reservoir to provide water in the case of emergencies for fire. It’s part of the Nanoose fire infrastructure to provide more on-hand water service there in case of an interface fire,” Rogers said.

The reservoir, Rogers said, would be an independent tank of about 24,000 gallons. The reservoir is estimated to cost up to $150,000.

Rogers said it will be a two-year project, with engineering beginning this year and construction taking place between 2018 and 2019. Rogers added the RDN has an existing reservoir in the Morello Road area on Matthew Road, 120 metres east of Creekcross Road.

Rogers said there will be an increase to taxes.

Wendy Idema, acting general manager of corporate services at the RDN, said an additional $50,000 levy per year would increase taxes $1.80 per $100,000 of the assessed value of properties within the service area. A home assessed at $500,000 would see an increase of about $9.

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