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The County Water-races


The following correspondence has been handed to us for publication for the information of our readers :—

Ashburton County Council,

April 18th, 1890. Sib, —With reference to the petition signed by you and forwarded to Wellington respecting the proposed proclamation of the water-races, I am instructed by the Committee appointed by the * County Council to consider this matter, to ask you if you will be good enough to meet the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Friedlander, with reference to the following proposal—That you grant the Council an easement of 50 links for the main race i going through your property to be utilized as follows : Water-race not to exceed 15 feet, and the balance for embankment, on each side and for maintenance purposes. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, F. Mainwaring, Clerk. B. G-. Wright, Esq., Springfield Road, " ; St. Albans..

Eversleigh, St Albans, ) 26th April. 1890. Sir, —I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th on the subject of the proposed proclamation of the County Water-races, in which you ask if I will be good enough to meet the Committee on the basis that the water races through my property shall not exceed fifteen feet in width.

In all the recent discussions upon this question, the members of the Council have emphatically declared that they only desired to have the water-races proclaimed for purposes of maintenance and control in clearing them, and not for widening. ■ The arterial or main race from the South Ashburton river, does not exceed six feet in width where it traverses my property, so,that in asking that I should agree to its being made fifteen feet wide, the; Water Race Committee are asking for what the Council has never sanctioned ; they are asking for the right to make a channel, which, with a slight increase in depth over that of the present race, would carry four times as much water. ■ I must point out that a channel fifteen feet wide, and of moderate depth, would carry all the water flowing down .the South branch of the Ashburton during the present week. Do the Committee contemplate the diversion of all the water from the river ? and if so, what provision do they intend making to protect the reclaimed swamp lands between the Ashburton and the Rangitata, from again becoming waterlogged, by the constant discharge of so large a body of water into their drainage area?

If the Council are prepared to indemnify the owners of the swamp lands against any damage that may be caused by the discharge of so large a quantity of water as .would necessitate a fifteen feet wide channel, then I shall be prepared to meet them liberally in reference to, any enlarge ment of the races, but in reply to the present bald proposal I can. only refer them to the arguments set forth in my petition to the Governor-in-Council.

I am, Sir, , , ( ' ' ; , Your obedient servant, Edward G. Wright,

The Clerk, To the County Council, Ashburton.

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The County Water-races, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2428, 13 May 1890

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The County Water-races Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2428, 13 May 1890

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