LAKE COLERIDGE POWER FOR THE PENINSULA.
TO THE EDITOK, Sir,—lt was with sincere pleasure I saw, ■n your report of the Borough Council meeting of 10th instant, that Mr Birks, Government electrical engineer for the Chriatchurch district, had written offering power from Lake Coleridge. Our town plant has been overloaded by granting power to various industries suoh as was not in view when the scheme was devised. Result is that water., power is bo overtaxed that, for the past three months, domestic power has been available for half time only, to the great inoonvenience of householders. Oα Sunday week it wa9 off from five in the morning till six at night, It was stated lately in your columns that it was in contemplation to instal supplementary plant by way of suction gas engine and exira dynamo, costing £1250. Not only would the yearly coet of working the engine be considerable, but there is no ques< tioning that this additional plant would before long prove insufficient, by reeson of the growing number of light and power veers This would mean further borrowing, whereas w&are already loaded up with £6000 loans for onr present inadequate power. Now, the , calling to our aid ol Lake Coleridge would solve our d'ffioulties at once and ior all time, seeing there would be ample power always j available eimply on our paying for it, "The Press" of 12th instant devoted two and a half columns to ••Electricity on the Farm," which I would ask Peninsula settlers to look j up and read carefully. The article says that the Tal Tapu Dairy Company is initiating a scheme "with the object of not only povid ing power for ice factory, but also for provid, ing farmers in the district, who are factory suppliers, with current from Lake Coleridge works, for lighting and warming their houses and running the smaller machinery on their farms....la undertaking the distribution of electrical energy the Public Works Department has faced the problem definitely, and is seeking to bring the benefits of oiviljsation in the shape of electrical supply for domestio and industrial purposes, right to the door, both in town and country." Towards effect iDg this, co.operation is sought through dairy ing companies, wbioh oontraot with the De. partment, and then act as distributors, Thus the Tai Tapu Company "proposes to run three lines from the factory as a commencement, one going approximately 5 miles north east, and then 2 miles towards Lincoln, and yet another 4\ miles to Motukarara." This last is well on the way to Little River, and .we trust our go-abead friends there to see to its extension to their centre. Thence the line would continue to Akaroa, eleotrifying the Bays on each side of the range, the fac tories in which would become the distributing centres of their districts. I
Mr Bilks recently paid a lecturing visit to South Canterbury, laving before settlers and townappople the advantages open to them under thH Lake Coleridge tcbemo. It is to be hoped he will see hia way to touring the Peninsula similarly, and that the settlers will hasten to avail themselves of electrical energy that would relieve both men and women folk of much unnecessary farm and household drudgery. The Lake Coleridge hydroelectric station coat £300,000. and bae a capacity of some 10.000 horse power, of which Christehurch is taking 3000, and the Timaru line will probably absorb an equal quantity. There will be eager applicants in maoy other directions, so thai Peninsula residents would do well to prefer a claim for participation in the gieat scheme, before all its power is dissipated elsewhere ; for. after this haa happened, it will be many.years before Canterbury will get another chance, since Government's next scheme will be in the Worth Island,—l am, etc., W. H HENNING.
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LAKE COLERIDGE POWER FOR THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 March 1915