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The borough water supply is gradually nearing the reservoir, and the trust in its ultimate success so firmly held by the majority of the residents is fast drawing towards realisation. There w r ere those who sneered at the scheme, and who still sneer, but the water is within a stone’s throw of the reservoir, and a goodly stream flowing is sufficient answer to those sneers. The deeper holes have been puddled with clay, the water confined to a narrow channel where the gully was wide, and paths cut for the stream where the rises wer.e obstructive. This policy has been successful in bringing the flow down to the point where the gully forks, and passes round what is intended to be left as an island in the midst of the stream. The engineer lias evidently in view filling the reservoir first, and allowing the water to back up afterwards to fill the many little basins that lie at intervals along the windings, of the gully through the domain. At the present rate of progress there is just the possibility of the water being at the reservoir before the borough is ready to receive it.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 137, 10 August 1880

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THE WATER SUPPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 137, 10 August 1880