The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1916. AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRICAL SCHEME.
The Akaroa Borough Council made an endeavour on Wednesday evening to overcome, in some measure, ' the difficulty under which they have been kbouring for many months past, viz., that of giving their consumers what,they are paying for and adjusting certain charges for power and lighting. In the matter of giving their consumers a continuous supply the Borough Council we are sure cannot but fail and it is palpably absurd for them to attempt to do so under the present conditions. Until the Council have a continuously running plant consumers will not be satisfied and even if the Council cut off all power they cannot give a continuous supply. The borough consumers have been most forbearing and have many grounds for complaint of the present half-efficient electrical scheme. The Council have now connected up practically the whole town and sold current to a number of power consumers. Expert advice proves conclusively that even if there is-_ good supply of water running into the reservoir there will never be enough water to keep the plant going continuously. At the present time the Council are using the Akaroa County Council's traction engine for the day load thr"ee days a week, at a cost of £5 or £6 a week, and even this does not give a continuous supply. From the whole scheme the Council are receiving an income of just £900. The Council have to pay interest on a loan of £6,500, which with the sinking fund means about £400 per annum. They also pay an electrican £150 per year or less as he is supposed to deduct the time he is working on contract work on his own account so that with incidental expenditure the total expenditure for the year should not be more than £650. Now the whole matter of getting a supplementary plant was gone into at the end of December, when a public meeting was called to consider supplementing the plant, and at that meeting it was inferred that as soon as the weather broke the supply of water would be sufficient to run the plant continuously. In view of the facts we enumerate above, we cannot understand why the Council can_ot -cjectire »• permt,nent supple intmtuzy plant to five a eowiinXKfm supply. From their present revenue it can be easily seen that there is ample revenue to pay interest and sinking fund on » loan of at least £2,000. If the Council could guarantee a continuous supply they would
satisfy their consumers and keep their present revenue at the £900 mark. They have ami»le funds to work on and it is hard to understand why the plant h as not been installed months ajjo, instead of paying for the meet expensive auxiliary that they could find, viz., the Coun ity Council's traction engine. ,Ye hope, indeed that the consume „s who have suffered a great d( „1 of injustice will take the matt er in their own hands and insiist upon some definite policy beingtaken up by the Council.