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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME.

TO THE EDITOK. Sir, —The sole object of joining up this creek, as all supporters of the scheme agree, j is to supplement the rps»rvoir in dry seasons Thus, at the meeting of ratepayers, the Mayor said. "With the addition of the Grehan Val'ey creek they would have ample for all requirements ;" Cr Lewitt said : "That by taking in the Grehan Valley creek they would have <iwice the water;" whilst Mr Bruce said; "They had a chance to double the supply by letting in the Grehan Valley creek. , . . The raising of the extra

£1000 was a sound business proposition- He considered the Council was wise to go on and complete the scheme" I confidently predict, from long personal knowledge of the creek, that it will not supply a drop of water in dry seasons, such as last Bummer's, owing to the height at which the intake must be plaoed in order to reach the reservoir. Time will show, should the poll be carried, tbat [mother £1000 has been thrown away in bolstering np a bad and costly scheme. - In still supporting Mr Nelson's scheme, I do not stand alone, A visiting si rveyor of high repute in his profes ion, atd who is also an actuary, emphatically oondemned the present re3er7oir on first Beeing it a year ago, as unnecessarily high, and be losing much wftt<r by having its intake much higher up tbe valley. Ha estimated the extra coat at £1000. But Mr Nelson's scheme, to which he alluded, was estimated at £2700; whereaß £5500 has already been spent on the L'Aube hill scheme, and a further £1000 is now asked for to complete it. This will make a

u..i of ±0500, givi <( i JK9BUU im-own aw»y p?n the crude idn> of a b. d ling erg ncer who hftrpened to bah' re on a visit from Dunedin. i,nd which was, unhappi'y, taken up by Mr Aunstrrn-?. As against this youth ful engineer, Mr Nelson was a highly qualified civil, ar.d electrical engineer of w de ix perienee, vho made a spec ali'y of e'ectrical scheme?, and came here from installirg one at Hong Kong, one of the most important ports and strategical positions in the British Empire. He spmt a fortnight studying looal condition?, so that bis scheme was carefully worked out. The cemented res»rvoirwas to hava been just above Rodrigues'a garden; the pipe line was to have run down Balgueri street, inside tbe fences on tha right hand *tde, and the power house was to be on the Borough Council Chambers site, The wr ak point in tbe report was that of trying to make the scheme pay straight away, towards wh'ch end the rate was fixed so high as to be too hard on consumers And it was on this point that the ratepayers repeated the scheme by 59 to 20 in 1903. Though at the time chairman of the Lighting Committee, and so woiking with Mr Nelson, I voted against the loan. Rejection was due simply to imposing a very high rate for consumers, adopted to suit our small community. As an engineering scheme, it was thoroughly sound, since, with its lower intake, it would have caught twi c the wa er the present reservoir gets. It is, therefore, a matter for sincere repret that it should have been abandoned in favour of the present costly fa : lure, and which ie now, seemingly, going to was c further good no ley by saddl ng tbe town for thirty years with another Joan.—l am, etc ,

W. H. HENNING

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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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