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At Thursday's special meeting of the Akaroa Borough Counoil the eleotrioal engineer, Mr W. J. Lane, submitted tbe following report as to tbe state of the reservoir and tbe use of auxiliary power :—

"The reservoir ran empty at 815 p.m. on Tuesday, 18th inst, and as the quantity of water coming in was small I thought it advisable to leave for 48 hours or thereabouts in order to conserve the supply. Tbe amount of water coming in can be gauged from the fact tbat at 4 p.m on the 18th inst. there was 2ft 9in in tbe reservoir, and at 9 a.m. on the 20th (today) the level was 4ft. Bin, and again at 4 p.m. it had inersased lOins for the seven hours on a much greater area of surfaoe, making tha total depth sft §iv, so tbat at 7 p.m to night I expect to see sft 6in. As we cannot hope to cater for every thing, and as the County Council's engine is in tbe Borough, I would suggest using this engine during each afternoon, and in accordance with your instructions I have ordered from Messrs Cooper and Duncan, Chrißt church, various material to enable the engine to be directly connected to tbe present dynamo Mr Cooper advises me the approximate cost £5 in Christchurch. As tbe cost of running this engine will be considerable, I would suggest running it as little as possible, and to procure an engine at the earliest possible moment. Just at tbe present moment it is an absolute necessity that tbe plant should run in tbe afternoons, or failing that we cut off all power and heating. One or other of these things must be done. I esti mate tbat the water coming in at the present time will do for about three or four hours per day, but no more."

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AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3516, 25 January 1916

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AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3516, 25 January 1916

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