So we set off. The first job was to go to a man hole in the whaling station to connect a large fire hose to a hydrant. With this open, it will gush water straight from the dam holding tank (the pressure is quite high.... see silly photo below) Then we hiked up the valley to the dam, and on arrival, Matt closed the sluice gate which feeds the tank and pipe. As the hose was open in Grytviken the tank was now emptying. We then opened the sluice to drain the dam basin. This was so we could remove any rat pellets which had collected in the pre-tapped part of the water system. It was great fun draining tens of thousands of gallons of water in just a few minutes! The job didnt take long, and one the area was devoid of stray pellets the dam was closed and we enjoyed the sunshine while the basin filled once more. True british workers, except we forgot the flask of tea!
|The pressure takes some holding on to!|
|Emptying the basin.|