Health Inspector's Report
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 582, 18 July 1916, Page 5
Health Inspector's Report
lti accordance with the request »f your Board, I made visits of inspection to practically the whole of the dwellings and other buildings m * Otautau on 28th, 29th and 30th June, aud beg to report thereon as under The most noticeable feature was the prevalence of heaps of ashes aud other house refuse on the majority of tho sections visited. I understand that for tho most part, this litter is allowed to accumulate tmtil sufficient for a dray load exists, when ib is carted away. Tn the case of ashes this is perhaps nob so objectionable, but for peelings and other organic
refuse to he"' indefinitely is decidedly undesirable as regards public health. In connection with thi^ iisytter, 1 would respect fid I v urge your BtWad to consider the inauguration' of a T^av) weekiv refuse removal system." 1 i)clieve that, financially, such a system would be self-supporting, and would be a very great sanitary improvement, to the. Borough. Drainage. —In a great many instances, no house drainage exists, avid m the winter especially, this omission makes for dampness under house*. It is only reasonable '" expect that house-owners should provide, suitable drains for the removal of house slops aud roof wafer, etc. The presentsystem of drainage adopted m most, cases that of soakage pits-is nob very satisfactory, and m view of n large part of the water supply being drawn from pipe wells, m some eases only a few feet from (lie pitfc. would be a possible source of danger m the event (say) of an outbreak of enteric fever. 1 should, therefore, strongly urge that an cM'ort be made to extend the present sewer to the whole of ihe Borough, so that the satisfactory drainage of the town might be rendered possible. General. — T would respect fully gest that all new plumbing atvl drainage work should be executed iv accordance with bylaws, yspecially m relation to material and traps. fn my < pinion, no pigs, should bo kept- m The Borough. "Ft- is almost, an impossibility to prevent tho rise of a nuisance m the keeping of thee animals. Notices to clean up, etc.. should be served on the occupants, whilst the owners should be. held responsible for structural alterations, etc., m case;; where your Board deems it desirable io ask for improvements m these matters. In my opinion, it would be advisable to get ••:• seport from your nightsoil contractor with regard to adequacy of service. In several instances 1 noticed that closet pans were full, and from this it would appear that a more frequent removal, is necessary m some cases.