The new 600,000 litre potable water tank construction project at Davis is well underway with preliminary ground works, back-fill and other preparations paving the way for the first of the external walls this week.
Water as you might be surprised to discover, is a precious resource in Antarctica, particularly at Davis, where the wide expanses of the Vestfold Hills thwart our ability to harvest water directly from the icy plateau beyond.
The much-needed addition to the Davis station water storage capabilities will help to alleviate the need for a drought relief package, allowing expedition members to forego the customary ice baths we all enjoy so much!
With some favourable weather on the horizon, we aim to have the steel frame and wall sheets erected by Christmas, along with scaffolding, bracing and wind girders.
- Tom Jurs (Summer Building Services Supervisor)