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THE RESERVOIR., Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
TO THE EDITOB. Sir,—ln perusing last night's STAR my attention was again called by a letter signed " W. D. G." to the very unsatisfactory condition of the above cistern. There is not the slightest doubt that there is danger of an inundation through its insecurity. I remember some years ago Messrs Marshall and Copland thought it expedient to cause the horßea to be removed from their Btables through fear of such a catastrophe, and it is certainly now time that something practical should be done to protect the lives and property (a secondary consideration), and to allay the fear and anxiety of the residents in the Woodhaugh Valley, aa also of those residing ia the vicinity of the Water of Leith.
I would suggest that the Mayor of Dunedin should, at an early date, call a meeting of the inhabitants of the north end, to which the representatives of the east and west districts might bo invited, wheu the whole subject might be confideredand discussed in all its Dearinga. I consider that Mr G. P. Clifford is to be highly commended for the trouble he has taken to ventilate this matter.—l am, etc., Pro Bono Pt;buco. j Dunedin, June 19. —~ ' 10 SHE KDITOB. _ ' Sir,—As one of your readers IJ most endorse every word that has been said relative to the threatened danger and insecure condition of the Dunedin reservoir embankment. It has been proved beyond a doubt that a leak of considerable size exists therein, and in the face of that fact the Corporation have pooh-poohed the reports and treated with levity the fcara of those living within its dangerous scope. It has been advanced that the leak arises from springs. If this were bo, I would aßk the City Engineer why these springs ceased to flow whpn tie reservoir was emptied oi its water, and began to flow again when refilled. The people of Dnnedin can hardly realise the dangerous and appalling effect of pent-up water breaking away without going to America for examples. I may mention two cases which took placa in New Zealand, fortunately not attended with loss of life, and this owing entirely to absence of settlement, which would not be the case in Dunedin. A few years ago heavy rainsfellintheMotuekaValley.Nelson. Two heavy slips occurred—one on each side of the Motueka River, damning back the water, which ultimately burst and swept hoQsea, gigantic forest trees, and land (including whole farms) before it like driftwood. The other case occurred on the Beaumont Station, at that time occupied by Mr P. C. Weill. A waterspout burst on the Lammerlaw Rangeß, and the water rushed down a gully through which flowed a small creek, on the banks of which some men were busy scouring wool. Although they heard its roar they barely escaped with their lives, as it came on in a Bolid face eight or ten feet high, rooting up and hurling everything before it. A Bimilar storm may burst on Flagstaff Hill any moment, and I say advisedly that if such an event took place and the reservoir full of water at the time, the small storm channel at present provided would be found totally inadequate to carry away the surplus water. I have seen this channel full from bank to bank in heavy wet weather. The absence of another storm ohannel provides a strong argument in favor of those who contend that the embankment should be made safe beyond a doubt, and that the services of a reputable engineer should be employed to report on its condition and strength, to set at rest for ever the fears, etherwiae, of nervous people, who find it impossible to sleep daring the rainy season, aßd that property may not be depreciated by these periodical scares.—l am, etc., Duiiß STEEET. Dunedin, June 20.
TO THH EDITOR. Sjr,—As a resident at the Water of Leith, and one who with my family would assuredly be swept into Pelichet Bay in the event of the reservoir bursting, I must raise my voice in protest against the apathy shown by the City Council in regard to the leak in the waterworks. I feel certain that if any of the councillors were in the same danger that we ore in seme steps would at once be taken in the matter. All praise to Mr Clifford for his persistent efforts on our behalf. A correspondent in your issue of last evening stateß that the water from the leak Is now becoming muddy. Sorely this indicates something seriously wrong with the embankment. The inhabitants of the Woodhaugh Valley, and even down as far as Pelichet Bay (for they weuld also be very seriously affeoted if a burst occurred), should rise and demand that the matter be attended to, and at once, I would suggest that a publie meeting be called at the north end of the City, and feel certain that many ratepayers, who are riot in danger themselves, would help us, A petition to the Couneil should also at onee be put ip ejrt'ul»yd!o, and a copy wnt to the
Government, I am very muoh surprised the members for the north end of the City, Messrs Stewart and Allen, have not taken some action in the matter; bat perhaps the fact of both of them being out of danger in the event of a burst accounts for this. I think the least we are entitled to is_ the opinion of a qualified engineer, one entirely independent of the Council. I urge that the matter Bhould be gone into before the heavy rains of winter set in. Fellowcitizens, an immense danger hangs over our heads; I trust you will help us,—l am, etc., Leith. Water of Leith, June 19.
THE RESERVOIR., Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
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