The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1915. AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRICITY.
—- ♦ As tbe Akaroa Butter Faotory will commence BOtive operations for the TJIS-16 season in the middle of next month, the question of whether the Borough Council oan supply the
factory wilh current through the coming season or not will have to be definitely settled in a few weeks' now. With its additional connections the Borough load iB working the plant at its full capacity, and' [provided the water supply is maintained throughout the summer, the Borough Council oould cope with the factory supply. If. however, a dry seasrn occurs, then the Council will have to cut off the Bupply to the factory The factory directorate will naturally .'quire some definite understanding at an early date, as if they oannot get tbe Borough eleotrical supply for their factory they will have to instal a steam plant' This conversion will mean heavy expense, and onoe it is made will probably never be replaced for an electrical installation, and at tbe same time the Council will lose a large consumer. It appears perfectly certain tbat the Akaroa Borough oan look forward in the future to supplying Lake Ooieridge current t3 consumers in Akaroa and its immediate -urroundings, and when it comes the difficulty with tbe batter factory will begoven come. Unfortunately, however, Coleridge current cannot, we understand, be here for sis or twelve months, Tbis means that if tha Council can tide over the present season tbey will be able in the future to depend upon at least one big supply of electric our. rent for Lake Coleridge, When Mr Birks visited Akaroa be pointed out to the Oouncil .everal'vays of caving their water supply! He said there was as muoh water v sein the daytime to run the plant at less than half it ß capacity as wben there was a full load. He advooated shutting the plant right down ex* 10-spt for oertain hours when the factory waß working He also advocated the use of idaubie throw switches, so that consumers couli not ueo their light ami power appliances together. This, j lis s.a.d, would save the water. Mr ft >!« fil.-o n.-pected Messrs W 1).
Wdlir. an;! Sim-- seed cleaning plant and m*f:tiiri«-ry. As ibi plant is not. always working, it mipht, Mr Birks eaid. he utilise < as an emergency plant He said there .were a number of dynamos on 'be market in >'.h i. ■.chiiruN whkh had bftn thrown out <>n f '. o Coleridge supply, and the
- n . . i'.\'t procure one cheaply. If one I . -p. ware harnessed to Messrs Wilkins
:i!.u ...on-' plant it would supply enough electricity to clear tho Council of their day bad or of their lighting load in the evening It seems that by tbe proper management and supplementing of some Bort, the Borough Counoil could get through the coming season It would certainly be a pity it the Council did not make an effort to supply the factory if it is at all possible.