Sprinkler system leaks delay Asticou opening



MOUNT DESERT — Leaks in the two water storage tanks for the fire-suppression sprinkler system at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor have delayed the inn’s opening for a week, until next Friday, May 24.

“We have 18,000 gallons of water storage for the sprinkler system, and we had a breach in those tanks back in January,” said David Woodside, president of the Acadia Corp., which operates the 126-year-old inn.

“We’ve been through a lot of different scenarios, struggling to figure out exactly what the remedy was. We finally found a company that could reline the tanks.”

Woodside said Monday that the relining work was completed at the end of last week.

“The tanks have been refilled with water and are indeed holding water,” he said. “Now, we’re in the process of getting all the systems back up and running and getting the sprinkler system reenergized and recertified, which is why we delayed the opening.”

The tanks that were leaking are used to store water only for the inn’s sprinkler system.

“There are large wells that supply the potable water for the Inn,” Woodside said.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com

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