ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Special Mbetisq. A special meeting of the Bovougli Council was held last night, to consider the best means of supplying the township with a water supply. Present —His Worship the Mayor, and Mcsais. Robinson, R. Friedlandor, IX Williamson, St. Hill, W. Roberts, E. Saunders, and A. Orr. The Borough Engineer, Mr. C. E. Rooks, was also in attendance. The Mayor said he had asked Mr. Books to attend the meeting to explain the details of the scheme if necessary.
The report of Mr. Books was then read, recommending the construction of concrete aide channelling in the main streets of the township, the erection of a windmill pump for the purpose of filling a concrete tank in Baring square, and the excavation of a temporary outfall drain on the S.E. town belt. The scheme, however, d : d not provide for more than a certain delivery equal to 1000 gallons per hour, but his information on that point was not satisfactory, as the windmill pump would only give an intermittent supply. A daily supply of 2-1,000 gallons would bo sufficient for flushing the side channels, and the cost, exclusive of windmill pumps, would be LIOOS ss.
His Worship said that after consideration he was fudy prepared to admit that Mr. Saunders’ scheme was by’ far the most practical, and the cheapest, as the process of raising the water by windmills was not satisfactory nor to be depended on. The next question was how to treat the side channels —whether to concrete them or not ; and it was worthy of consideration on the part of the Council whether to make the scheme they might then decide upon a portion of the permanent one, by putting in concrete channels, or to leave them as they are. It was possible, by striking a special rate of Is., to .raise LI,IOO, which would carry out this work and it would fit in with the permanent scheme. He would ask Mr. Saunders to state his ideas on the matter. Mr. Saunders said his scheme was a very simple and practical one, and would commend itself to all. The one laid before them by Mr. Books was a useful one, and contained a deal of information. The object before the Council was to get rid of the filth in the side channels ; and he was perfectly certain that the clay in the water channels was tough and tenacious enough to do away with the necessity of putting in concrete channels. His proposal was to tap the mill race and bring a portion of the water down Winter’s road, and then down the creek through the domain into a reservoir. Taking everything into consideration, he thought L2OO would do all the work necessary." All the members had been over the ground, and Mr. Books also, and all must be satisfied, as practical, common sense men, that his scheme was a practical one, and sure to be successful. He would call the attention of members to the fact that Mr. Joseph Hunt had carried out similar works successfully on land having a heavier fall. Some discussion then took place as to details on the question. Mr. Williamson said ho was so satisfied
of the scheme, that he could see no question about it. The only thing necessary to be obtained was the consent of the Upper Ashburton Road Board to bring the water down Winter’s road. Mr. Saunders detailed certain information regarding the levels of the township. He showed that the work was of the simplest nature, and could be done at the lowest possible cost if they used temporarily the iron pipes they had recently received for their projected permanent water supply. Mi’. St. Hill proposed—“ That the Council visit the proposed works in a body on Wednesday morning at 7 a.in.” lie considered that a little common sense was wanted to be imported into the scheme in the place of so much science and levelling. Mr. Saunders seconded the motion, and the Council adjourned till 10 a.m. tomorrow.
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