Council approves new boiler for airport after old one explodes
Airport Boiler replacement
Castlegar City Council approved the purchase of three new boilers to replace the current ones after one of the boilers burst into flames.
"The maintenance staff were doing their weekly inspections and found a lot of water on the floor and realized the boiler had failed," said Gerry Rempel, Castlegar fire chief and West Kootenay Regional Airport manager. "It actually had caused a backfire in the burners which created a fire with the control system and wiring."
Council has agreed to replace the four current boilers at a cost of approximately $32,000.
"There's four boilers there and with one failed the system can't operate on three," said Rempel. "And we can't purchase a fourth one because they aren't manufactured any more. That means we need to replace all four of them."
Rempel says that the airport only needs to replace three boilers.
"The new ones are much more efficient," he said. "With winter coming on we need to have heat there. These new boilers will be much more efficient and we'll actually save money in the long run. We can also take hot water off these boilers and that'll do away with the hot water tank we presently have."
Mac and Kathy Gregory gave a presentation to Castlegar City Council on Monday about the recent BC Senior Games. The pair then awarded the city with a banner thanking Castlegar for co-hosting the 2011 games.