The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1915. THE BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SUPPLY.
*_ At a iicie like this when tho pro longed drought has shortened the supply to tbo Akaroa Borough Council's electric light reservoir, there is need for a good deal of patience.! Housewives cannot iron when tbey will, but when the current i 3 on.. Electric kettle* are not v*ry useful,, because often no current id available when they nre wanted Tbe Akaroa, Butter Factory could not cburu a large supply of cream yesterday, nn<? had to take precautions u> prevem tbooream from being damaged We bave letters from two correspondents ! in today's issue, and we admit the. position is not too good. However,, consumers want to bear in mind tbat tbe conditions are most unusual. In 1911 12 there was a short drought,, but rain fell copiously in December and January, and there was no fur tber trouble. Some six years ago we> had a very dry summer, every paddock was dried up, and the water supply had to be guarded most carefully. A. feature of tbis year's drought i 3 tbe> bountiful supply from tbe water reservoir, It seems peculiar tbat the* Aylmer's Valley creek should not bave been drained like tbe Balgueii and Grehan Valley ones. This is due, no doubt, to the tact that tbe Aylmer's Valley creek has plenty of bush to protect it, while the other two are exposed _09t of tbe way down. Tbe question is what aotion sbould tbe Akaroa Borough Council take Tbey owe a duty to those residents to whom tbey bave guaranteed a supply of power, and there is no doubt they
! will find a way out of the difficulty. |Mr Henning suggests a gas engine, ! and if, as be says, these eDgines are i being sold cheaply now, tbat might be ja good way out of the trouble. j Another correspondent maintains that j a traction engine could supply the ; power, and ba used temporarily. If S feasible, the second suggestion ap j pears to be tho best one. Tbe coc'di ; tir.ns now existing are most unusual-, land it seems hardly wise to go to a ] great deal of expense for a contin- \ gency, which might occur only once iin live years There seems no doubt J tbat something niust be done. Tbe Council has sold power to ratepayers, I and unless that power can be supplied l| the rates for same can hardly be dej mandecl. Also such a set of Condi j tions ia very detrimental to the sale of 1 power in the future. _^_____