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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME.

TO THE EDITOIt. Sir, —In their respective letters to you, Cr Lewitt and the Mayor again assert tbat con. necting Grehan creek with the reservoir will double the supply of water, and thereby enable the plant to run continuously through dry seasons. They bring forward no fresh evidence in support of the creek's capabilities but rely on the Borough Engineer's report laid before the Council, two and a half year's ago, upon the general scheme. Let U3 see, then, what tho scheme promised in regard to Balguerie creek, and what was the performance. The report reads ; "It is the intention for the purposes of the scheme to place the reservoir in such a position as to command supply from two streams, namely Balguerie street and Grehan Valley. By this means the question of water supply for extension i beyond doubt. At present only one, the BaL gnerie stream, is to be utilised. The quantity of water availabte in the Btream is found to be sufficient for all requiremer ts for some time to come. The volume of water was measured during the driest part of the year, and was found to be 345,000 gallons per 24 hours. The measurements were made care fully eight time 3, with the same result, so it is safe to assume the amount is correct. It must be borne in mind tbat this is the small' est quality , . . The reservoir will be 305 ft above the power house, and the water will have a direct fall, providing more pjwer than Akaroa will require for some years to come. The quant'ty of water avail able in the dry weather, combined with tbe pressure available, will be sufficient to'gene rate 40 horse power for eight hourp, working under lull pressure. When you take into consideration that 20 h.p. will snpply all with light for 16 hours, it will readily be realised that the plaut can be run a greater portion of the night and day. It is proposed to run the plant continuously, making tho power available at any time for laundry woik or for motors." Careful readers will see that the engineer thus guaranteed, from Balguerie creek alone, "more power than Akaroa w.ll require for son.c time to come." Such was th<- promise. What was the perfomanca ? Why, that within a few months from the start, tho water ran so short that instead of running the plant 24 hours continuously, it closed down daily, for several weeks for 18 hours, in order to accumulate water to run the remaining s ix ! This having been the working result n s to Balguerie, what faith is to be placed in ■he Greban'creek, as dealt with in the same t

report, 2nd which tbe engin er »_■ rwa carries j les3W;tr? Uu'esf some mirrc'e is corairgl B to the rescre of Greban, i'- i s b:iund to pstr r J " H out at the i itake in any dry seamen -noh as last summer's, when Balguerie, of which co much was predicted, migerab'y failed. Laßtly, it is to be remembered that drier se*. . sons than that have been known. Looking nt this experience, I would urge upon ratepayers to vote against the loan, and to put the thon3and pounds instead into a gas en. gine, that shall take us, without fail, over the driest season. I must not close without a word on Mr Armstrong's abusive language. He first charges me with having "resorted to !is old ways of misrepresenting whatever the Coun cil advocates," and then with "barefaced falsehoods," I stand by the statements he thus characterises. In Parliament the Speaker would insist upon these words being withdrawn, but with no one here to keep this truculent man within the bounds of cou-tesy, his conduct has to be endured. When using this license he should at least respect tbe ofiice he holds, not signing as Mayor, bnt letting the community know that he is writing as plain George Armstrong,—l am, etc., W. H. HENNING. P S — I shall be content, should the poll be carried, to let the results of connecting up tbe creek stand as arbitrator between myself and the supporters of the scheme. There can be no fairer or surer test than results. j

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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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THE GREHAN VALLEY SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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