“Ye mountains of Gilboa,” David cried, “let there be no dew nor rain upon you.” But he was speaking of הר הגלבע, in the really, really, really far East End. Our Mount Gilboa is a dune that was beloved of hardy hikers, as Gaby Rilleau recalled: “You could see the whole stretch of the town — the bay, the ocean — below. A perfect place to gain perspective.” In 1964, a 90-foot-high standpipe was built atop the dune. Eighty-one feet in diameter, it has a capacity of approximately 2.7 million gallons, drawn from the Pamet Lens aquifer. That seems like a lot, but all the water in the Mount Gilboa Tank at any one time would amount to less than a week’s supply.
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