THE BOROUGH'S POSITION.
PLANT MUST BE SUPPLEMENTED.
During the past year the Akaroa Borough electrical supply bus been so much called upon by additional connections that; it is found that the Borough plant will have to be supplemented in some way in the course of a year or so In conversation with Cr Lewitt, chairman of the Lighting Committee, be stated tbat the plant is working up to its full capaoity now, and tbat the Council will have to consider amplifying this system in order to carry on. The choice lies either between getting power per medium of an oil engine or sotoe such motive power, for all the water available by the Oouncil is be* ing need at present, even when the intake pipes are running full, or by supplementing the supply by tapping the Lake Ooleridge System. In either case there would be an expense involved, and the question to consider is which is the greater expense. The Lake Ooleridge System has .the advantage of. being an inexbaustive supply, but the adoption of this power would mean a good deal of expense in breaking down the current to make a voltage similar to that in the borough 3yatern of removing the switches, lamps and appliances to suit the Coleridge system. The Coleridge system is worked on the 280 or 220 and 440 voltage system, whereas the Borough works on 110 and 220 vol fcage circuits. We might say, how ever, tbat the the Government, according to their statement, " will erect the necessary extra high tension mains, primary transforming station, and apparatus*, and will supply the energy at the borough distributing station, either in the present power house or elsewhere. The borough shall metal any regulating apparatus that may be required." This, wo understand, means tbat the big voltage wires tbat come down from Coleridge can be transformed to suit any circuit system, so that in the case of Akaroa, tbis would be no extra expense Bin. all these matters will be explained when Mr Birks visits Akaroa. '
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THE BOROUGH'S POSITION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 15 June 1915