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THE RESERVOIR QUESTION., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889
THE RESERVOIR QUESTION.
A itcpi; atioti of residents at tho north end of the town waited on tho mayor at the Town Hall this morning with reference to the question of the safety of the Woodhaugh reservoir. Among thoss who attended Were Messrs J. Wilßon, \\. Gregg, J. Mitchell, A. Thomson, S. Maedohald, G. P. Clifford, and W. Owen.
Mr Wilson said that His Worship had doubtless read the report Of the recent largely-attended public meeting with regard to tile reservoir, but the object of the deputation was to bring before him the outcome of that meeting. There was no doubt that the residents that would be affected in case anything happened were getting alarmed, though he personally did not feel much alarm, as he did not live in a brick house, but in a wooden one that Would probably float in safety on the top of thb Water. The meeting had come to the Conclusion that something should be done by the Corporation to allay the fears of the public. None of them professed to be experts in the matter, but they thought it was only fair that the matter should be once and for all set entirely at rest. They were not satisfied with the reports of the Corporation Engineer, or those of anyone else that had been supplied, and until the matter was set on a fair basis they would „ feel satisfied that there was a danger. The deputation understood that some action had been taken in Parliament, and they would prefer that the Government should send down a qualified engineer to Inspect the reservoir and report. What might the present depth of water in the reservoir be ? His WprshiS? : About 23ft, according to last report. Mr Wilson suggested that the depth of water should be left at about that figure, and that a Government engineer should be brought down to gauge the flow of water through the leak—or the alleged leakwhile the reservoir is comparatively full. The residents considered it was the duty of the Corporation to take up the matter entirely, and, if it would not, they would themselves get the thing inquired into. They would also suggest that after the flow had been gauged the reservoir should be cleaned out, as the bottom of it was in a fearfully filthy utate. Mr GREtio remarked that three things were to bo understood : (1) That a Government engineer should bo sent down to examine the reservoir and report; (2) that the reservoir should be cleaned, and if a. leak were found steps be taken to have it remedied j (3) that if the Corporation would not attend to the matter the residents would take it into their own hands. His Worship said no doubt a certain amount of fear existed, and the Corporation intended to keep the depth of water in the reservoir at not more than 25ft, which it was thought would satisfy the residents. He himself hardly thought there was somuohground for alarm, seeing that the so-called leak had existed for twenty-five years, and that during that time the flow of water from it had decreased from 8,000 gallons in the twenty-four hours to 7,000 gallons. If a leak really existed it was only natural to suppose that the flow from it would increase ; but such was not the caso. The Corporation would do all they could to allay the fears of the public; but he did not think that the Council would be justified in spending L3OO or L4OO in bringing down a Government engineer. Mr Mitchell said that the Government would send an engineer down for nothing, and thug all that the Corporation need do would be to clean out the reservoir, which would cost no more than LSO. Would His Worship promise that that should bo done?
His Worship said that all he could promise was that the depth of water should bo kept at not more than 25ft. Tho other matters ho would, of course, bring before the Council at its tiext meeting. Mr Thomson asked His Worship which report he was quoting from in saying that the How from the leak had not increased. His Worship said that ho went by the records in the Corporation offices. Mr Thomson said he had been told they were not correct.
Mr Wilson remarked that the flow had increased to 14,000ga1. Mr Thomson further said that it would be impossible to keep the water at 25ft, for not long ago tho water rose Oft with a single night's rain. His Worship said (the water could be run off by the by-wash and the scour-pipe. Mr Thomson said the scour-pipe could not be allowed to take off the water at its full capacity, inasmuch as it shook the whole bank.
Mr Clifford having gone over the details submitted by him at the rocent meeting, His Worship promised to lay the whole matter before the Council, who would doubtless do all they could to allay the fears of the public.
THE RESERVOIR QUESTION., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889
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