Beringbooding rock tank needs a new roof

@JudyEv (233173)
Bunbury, Australia
November 21, 2020 6:07am CST
Back in August, 2019, I wrote about Berinbooding Rock. And I quote: This is the largest rock water catchment tank in Australia. It was built in 1937 using ‘sustenance labour’ and holds 10.23 million litres. You can read more about it here: https://www.mylot.com/post/3298004/see-how-strong-i-am. Low rock walls channel the water into the tank. However, no maintenance has been done on the tank for quite some years and it is becoming a danger because of the loose sheets of iron that form the roof. Now, the State government is asking the Shire of Mukinbudin to take the tank off their hands for a small sum. The water in the tank is still used for agricultural purposes and for fighting fires. However, the Shire estimates it will cost about $100,000 to remove the Beringbooding Tank roof and about $800,000 to restore it to its original condition. This is money that the Shire doesn’t have. The only other available water for the small towns in the area is pumped from Mundaring Weir near Perth. It will be interesting to see what the outcome will be. Photo is of the channel that takes water from the rock to the tank on the left. If you look closely, you can see the loose sheets of iron covering the tank. Edit: I've changed the photo to a better one of the tank.
18 people like this
17 responses
@moffittjc (92233)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Nov
Could it serve its purpose without the roof?
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I wondered that too and I'm sure it could but I guess there is a cost involved in removing the roof as it's dangerous at the moment. It's a free camping area and loose sheets of iron flying around could end with a major court case. If the roof was replaced the water could become potable again and used for domestic purposes, as well as for stock and fire-fighting. It seems such a waste to get rid of the tank - and there is even talk of that.
2 people like this
@moffittjc (92233)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Nov
@JudyEv At a time when fresh water is becoming more and more scarce, it would seem foolish to get rid of the tank altogether.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov
@moffittjc It would indeed but sometimes the authorities are very short-sighted.
1 person likes this
@FourWalls (30388)
• United States
21 Nov
Given the wildfires in Australia earlier this year, you’d think it would be in everyone’s best interest to modernize a holding tank that provides water for fighting fires. But I gave up trying to understand government a long time ago.....
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
They're trying to fob off what they see as a liability. In that area, anything that holds water in that area should be regarded as a great asset.
2 people like this
@FourWalls (30388)
• United States
22 Nov
@JudyEv — I can tell by that rather barren thing that looks like a river bed in the photo. Government stupidity isn’t confined to my country, though.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@FourWalls The slopey bit is the edge of the massive rock and the area round the base of the rock all looks like the 'river bed' bit. Here is a photo of part of the rock and the rock wall.
1 person likes this
@ZedSmart (15820)
• Philippines
21 Nov
I hope the local leaders could ask funding from the national government. I don't know how your system work there Ms.Judy but it would be good that the restoration of the roof will take place the soonest
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
The government don't want to pay for the repairs and the local people don't have that sort of money but hopefully they'll sort something out.
2 people like this
@ZedSmart (15820)
• Philippines
22 Nov
@JudyEv Why? They should allocate budget for the repair from the taxpayers money. I understand that it's a huge cost though. I hope that other sectors will put up funds as well.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@ZedSmart Hopefully they'll look at the big picture and find a way to share the cost.
2 people like this
@just4him (232211)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Nov
I hope they come to a solution that works for everyone.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
Hopefully, sense will prevail and they'll find a way to repair the roof.
2 people like this
@just4him (232211)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Nov
@JudyEv It would be great if sense would prevail.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@just4him It would indeed.
1 person likes this
• United States
21 Nov
oh my :( looks 'kin to my place 'n such brings great sadness. much surprised nobody's maintained somethin' so vital? i do hope they get somethin' worked out soon.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It would have cost a lot less to have maintained it rather than let it get to this state. It would be dreadful to think it might be demolished.
1 person likes this
• United States
23 Nov
@JudyEv so very certain, the same with this place. the hubs'll not listen to such logic. i'll keep fingers crossed someone'll come'p with a solution 'n such not be destroyed. 'tis critical asset to the community, 's well 's historic.
1 person likes this
@wolfgirl569 (35141)
• Marion, Ohio
21 Nov
That is a mouthful to say for the name. I can see the messed up roof pieces
2 people like this
@wolfgirl569 (35141)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Nov
2 people like this
@LindaOHio (55334)
• United States
21 Nov
I hope they find a solution.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I hope so too. You would think it would have to be seen as a valuable resource.
1 person likes this
@DocAndersen (32342)
• United States
21 Nov
that is really cool and please let us know!
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I'll do that. No doubt the argument will go back and forth for quite a while.
1 person likes this
@DocAndersen (32342)
• United States
22 Nov
@JudyEv that is so true. we as you know just finished our election season. But, sadly this time the politicians didn't go home to roost.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@DocAndersen I really feel for your country at the moment. Some of the wounds will take a long time to heal I fear.
1 person likes this
@Ronrybs (10944)
• London, England
22 Nov
That is lot of money, no wonder the State is trying to shift it
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
'Shifty' is about the right word. It's a shame these things cost so much money. It's hard to justify sometimes.
1 person likes this
@Ronrybs (10944)
• London, England
23 Nov
@JudyEv Still, I am thinking in summer you can't have too much water
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
@Ronrybs That's so true and with a roof on the tank, and after purification, then the water would be potable again.
1 person likes this
@Hannihar (109336)
• Israel
22 Nov
@JudyEv It sounds like a real problem. I hope it gets solved somehow.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
Hopefully they will talk it through and somehow fix the roof between them.
1 person likes this
@Hannihar (109336)
• Israel
22 Nov
@JudyEv That would be nice.
1 person likes this
@Tampa_girl7 (43796)
• United States
21 Nov
I can see the roof has seen better days.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It's a shame it's been allowed to deteriorate to this degree.
2 people like this
@Tampa_girl7 (43796)
• United States
22 Nov
@JudyEv yes it is.
2 people like this
@msdivkar (19564)
• India
21 Nov
The ground level tank looks huge and it is clear that roof looks dilapidated. I don't understand the necessity of covering such a huge tank when the water is used for irrigation and fire fighting purpose.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I think the main problem is that it would be a danger if left unroofed. People often camp there and it's not beyond the realms of imagination that young people would get drinking then decide to swim in the tank, get into difficulties, etc. If the roof was repaired, the water would eventually become potable again too. Some farms in that area struggle just to have enough water for domestic purposes.
1 person likes this
@msdivkar (19564)
• India
22 Nov
@JudyEv I get your point.
1 person likes this
@Fleura (13006)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov
I'll have to read your other post to find out more. Looks like quite a structure, it would be a shame to let it fall into disrepair if it can be usable.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It is a good resource to have in reserve even if they don't need it too often. I hope they can come to some arrangement.
2 people like this
@Hate2Iron (15012)
• Canada
21 Nov
I hope that they find a solution... especially with everything that is going on at the moment!
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
This would be vital to the community should the other water supply ever run out or whatever.
1 person likes this
@Nevena83 (57162)
• Serbia
21 Nov
I hope that those responsible will find the best solution.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (233173)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
Hopefully, between them they'll be able to come up with the money to reroof the tank.
1 person likes this
@RebeccasFarm (20033)
• Denver, Colorado
22 Nov
I hope they can come to a satisfactory solution Judy. That is no small issue.
@jstory07 (100145)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Nov
It will be interesting to see what will happen to the tank.