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OUR ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY.

TO tHE EDITOR. Sir, —Tbe Major is reported to have said at the Council's last meeting, referring to the contribution of the Grehan Valley creek to the reservoir, that 'he was very much surprised to find a good flow. It was fullet than the Balguerie creek." Twice lately have I visited the Orehan intake and the reservoir, and a week ago I viaited the Balguerie intake. These visits were expressly to ccc the contributions of the respective creeks in view of the power b»ng run but half time owing to shortage of water. Carefully scanning both intakes and their deliveries into the reservoir, I estimated Balgueries' at from two to three times that of Grehan. In support of thip, I aiay Bay that it has always been popularly held that the Balguerie flow ia tho larger, and this was borne out by its adoption, without question raised, for eoU supply in preference to Grehan, Further, the Council's ungineer in considering the latter as a possible supplementary, said it had less water. When the Council decided to raise a loan of £1000 for linking tip Grehan to help us through summer droughts, I pointed out in your columns that it would be most unwise For, clearly, when the larger creek should fail, what substanial help, if indeed any, could be looked for from the smaller ?" Bowever, the soheme was persisted in, and ratepayers oan now see, by a visit to the nearly empty reservoir, the miserable return tbe Grehan is yielding for tbe buried thousand pounds—a six inch pipe running quarter bore! The true remedy for summer shortages, as I suggested in the letter referred to, ia a supplementary suction-Ras engine, which could be installed for probably considerably less than halt the projected Co3t of linking up. Users of eleotrical power were induced to come forward by the express promise tbat power would be available throughout tbe twenty, four hours, yet the summer before last, and this summer again, all power üßers bave been greatly inconvenienced by being cut eft for half time in order to conserve water for the other half. This is a breach of contract, and the Council owes it to us to see that we shall not suffer another suramsr for the combined creeks have signally failed in what was expected of them. Taking to a Christchuroh visitor laßt week, he told me that hia firm, two years ago. had put in a suction gas plant at cost o( £400, and that

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OUR ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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OUR ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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