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QBJECTORS to the metropolitan drainage scheme have now before them that for which they asked—an independent report. The report which Professor T. D. J. Leach has made to the University College Council is not the only independent report, but it has the advantage of being more recent than that made by Mr. G. F. Hart and Mr. E. F. Borrie in 1935. Moreover, its author has taken cognisance of specific suggestions made by the objectors to the scheme, that a more "modern" method of sewage disposal could and should be adopted. His conclusions are that though objections to the scheme are "understandable" they are "entirely without technical foundation," that the West Coast alternative is impracticable for financial and other reasons, and that there is no merit in the suggestion that the sewage could be used for agricultural purposes. Without detracting from Professor Leach's report, which is valuable and timely, it can be said that objectors to the scheme, had they been sufficiently zealous in their search for truth, could have learned all this from the report of Messrs. Hart and Borrie. Nevertheless the Drainage Board, which, having already taken all reasonable steps to satisfy itself as to the soundness of its engineer's scheme, is entitled to resent the charges that it treats its responsibilities lightly, will doubtless feel grateful by this additional endorsement, and fortified in its decision to go on. The project is a big one, and there should be no further delay in beginning it.

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ANOTHER INDEPENDENT REPORT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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ANOTHER INDEPENDENT REPORT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945