The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1916. AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME.
On Tuesday night before 8 pm. the lights in the town were all turned out, and residents had to sit in darkness or use candles or lamps. On Wedneeday the same thing happened, and tbe town was again plunged in darkness, The heat on Wednesday was very great, and the reservoir gained only about 4ft of water. Tbe Grehan Valley creek is contributing practically nothing on these hot days, so that tbe whole supply comes from tbe Balgueri creek. The position is a very serious one, as all light is off, and even tbe weekly pictures cannot be run tonight The Akaroa Borough Council is faced with a problem and must. procure some auxiliary for its plant. Tl 3 butter factory has proved tbat the County Council's crusher engine caa generate up (o 50fa p., and tbe cost of running would be between £1 to £1 10s a day. It would not have to run continuously, as the water could be conserved, at d used when possible. It seems a thousand pities that this engine was not put into requisition earlier, as the butter factory could have been supplied. Now tbat the factory bas bought i s own engine the revensa from this soun a is lost. There is no doubt that tl a Counoil is-showing a short sighted policy in allowing consumers to go elf in this way. The drought may bree k up at any time, and the loss of revenue is a serious item. If much more /o~ f is sustained, the Counoil might bavo to resort to a rate. It would have been much better business to have g< t an auxiliary plant of come sort, and paid tbe interest out of the revenur. Apart from tbe inconvenience an 1 annoyance caused by tbe loss of light, the ratepayers will find in tie end they have to pay a rate for co light. The sale of light and power has been very good of late, and sbou'tl certainly have warranted the Council in an outlay to keep the light arjtl power going.
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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1916. AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916