THE OPEXIXG CEREMOXV. The opening ceremony in connection with the new dnehunga waterworks plant j took place at 3 p.m. to-day. There was j a very large attendance of residents at ! the pumping station, opposite the railway station. where the Mayor (Mr J. Rowe) performed th-? ceremony. ! In tli<" course of his remarks, the Mayor i said that it was in I«S6. when Dr. W. G. > Scott was Mayor of Onehunga, that the ratepayers first sanctioned a loan of £.iOOO for the purpose of providing a waterworks plant for Onehunga. The security offered was the plant, the hotel licences and the general revenue of the borough. When the negotiations tor the loan hud been practically completed, the opponents to the water scheme gave out that the security was unsatisfactory, and the offer of a loan was withdrawn. After considerable enterprise on the part of the council in offic»- at the time, with the assistance of Mr Aickcn Council, of Auckland. £0000 was raised on debentures of £IOU each at i> per c?nt.. with no sinking fund and no special rate, of security. About ISO.i. a further poll of ratepayers was taken to borrow £12.000 for enlarging Uie waterworks plant, the latter having become inadequate for the demand. This was lost, and in 1001 a third poll was taken on the que-iion of carrying out a scheme similar to that just completed. The poll was carried—-"> 00 for. 1 again-t and 1 informal—but. the scheme ji\as never carried out. because the Manukau Water Supply Trust came into existence and decided to supply the whole district. I Continuing. Mr. Rowe said that the I ne\i -tcji u,i- the Auckland City ConnI oil approaching tin- Oncruinga Borough j Council, when Mr. I). GoldieVa- Mayor, witli a view to getting a supply from the Unehunga Spring-. Mi. leuidie offered i.. pay £j;>n per year for 50,000,000 [gallon* of uat>T. and one penny per i 1000 over that quantity eon- ' sinned, the Auckland City Council !to ia\ tile pipes and beitr all cn-r oi I connection, in Mr. Rower opinion this offer wa? very foolishly rejected. When Mr. Kidd wa- M:iyor of Auckland and Mr. Anderson City'cngineer. they \U-ited" ■ the Onehunga Sprirtj;-. to see if there was j sufficient water to -lippiement AnckI I: , ml"- supply. They both declared that ! there »-.i« not -utHcient in the Springs ito drive a fl.ix-uiill. ' Mr. P.owc -.lid. as everyone was aware, I two )iumping plant- were at work to-day I drawing iuti-r from the =p:in<rs supplyj ing water from Oneliuncy to the farther I end of Epsom. When the well was bem° sunk for the present new waterworks the contractor pumped 150.000 gallons oi water per hour for -everal days without causing any diminution in the springs; in fact, they were not lowered half an inch. That w.i- in the middle of summer Coming now to the new works, the following are the particulars; — Last yeai the ratepayer* sanctioned a loan o! £•21.000: £'10.400 was for the new plant and i'+liOO to pay off the old loan. The j new works con-i-t of a suction gas plant two liH ho.-e-powcr Tangye engines, with all accessories complete, a 10in delivery I main horn the springs to a new reservon i situated on Olio-tree Hill. 350 ft above -ea level, with .i carrying capacity ol 500.000 fin lions. I'll" engineer for the works was Mr H. H. Metcaife, and the contractor Mr Cohort. The machinery was supplied anc set up by J. Chamber.- and Son. and th< pipes by J. Burn- and Co. The Mayor apologised for the absence of his Worship the Mayor of Aucklanc (Mr. (-. D. (irc3 I a "d Mr. Currie.
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