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What We Need.

The Victorian Agent-General (Sir Graham Berry) writes to Premier Gillies describing a visit paid to Eastbourne, where, since Mr Rhone’s sewerage system was established, the death rate has been reduced to twelve in 1,000. The sewage is conducted to the ocean at a point carefully observed, where the current carries everything out to sea. At high water the tide is 20ft above the outlet; but under the compressed air system this makes no difference, for the sewage is ejected into this wall of water without any difficulty, At the lowest station, many feet below the level of the sea, so complete has been the success that the land, formerly a swamp, has been sold at L 2,000 an acre, and bandsome residences have been erected thereon. Sir Graham Berry and Sir Saul Samuel were very favorably impressed, and the former trusts the system will be intelligently considered by impartial critics in Victoria before being rejected. The mode of action in Shone’s system is that the sewage runs into receptacles from which, when full, it is expelled with great force by air pressure brought to bear automatically and furnished by a stationary engine, In this way sewage can be forced over a rising gradient, or, as in the case of Eastbourne, into the sea against considerable water pressure from without. It also provides an efficient means of flushing sewers.

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What We Need., Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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What We Need. Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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