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Cistern to aid firefighters

40,000 gallon underground system installed downtown

  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was installed between the Dublin Post Office and Dublin General Store.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

DUBLIN — A 40,000 gallon cistern for firefighting was recently installed underground between the Dublin General Store and Dublin Post Office.

Fire Chief Thomas Vanderbilt said last week that a state grant helped give Dublin a reliable water supply in its downtown should a fire ever break out in the historic area.

Grant funds paid for 50 percent of the project costs, which are expected to total just over $101,000, Vanderbilt said. The town’s portion is a 50 percent soft-match, meaning that town equipment and personnel were used to help install the cistern, he said.

The location downtown was identified years ago as high-risk due to the historic nature of the buildings, Vanderbilt said. And ever since, he noted, the town has sought grant funding to install a cistern.

“It gives us a lot of options,” he said of the cistern, explaining that firefighters can now connect to the cistern’s water supply with a 4-inch hose and can fill tankers on site.

Dublin has a couple of other cisterns in town that were installed by private developers, Vanderbilt said, but this is the first one the town has put in.

Dublin once had a couple of natural water sources along Main Street that firefighters could depend on in emergency incidents, Vanderbilt said. But those sources have since dried up.

The installation of the cistern is a plus for firefighting, but could also positively impact homeowners insurance rates in the years ahead. Although nothing is assured, Vanderbilt said insurance providers will typically decrease their rates when emergency protection measures are enhanced within close proximity to a home or business.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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