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ST. KILDA'S WATER SUPPLY.

A meeting of ratepayers was held at the St. Kilda Council Chambers last evening for the purpose of considering the advisability of obtaining a water supply for the borough, and for discussing the necessity of raising a loan for the purpose. Mr J. Stenhouse (mayor of the borough) occupied the chair, and about fifty persons attended, including several of the councillors. Mr A. Rankin said that regarding the question of a water supply, he would read a report prepared Iby Mr R. Hay, C.E., in 1882. Although the report was old, the circumstances, so for as the proposal was concerned, were much the same then as now. The report stated that the source of supply would be from the main of the borough at South Dunedin, which was Bituate at the Hillside road, near Hutton's Hotel. By paying to the Dunedin Corporation a sum not exceeding 6d per l.OOOgal, the borough was entitled to a sufficient supply to be gauged by meter. According to Mr Hay an allowance would be made for a supply of 60gal per head per day of twenty-four hours, and in order to meet all the requirements based on that assumption it was proposed to increase the water main through the borough of South Dunedin to Bin, to continue the same along the Hillside road to the Ocean Beach, and to supply the branch mains therefrom. According to his calculations he found that an Bin main would prove sufficient for the purpose—the provision of 60gal per head for the population of the borough. Probably the consumption for some time would fall considerably short of the proposed allowance, which included all water required for municipal purposes, manufacturers, domestic supplies, etc. The Bin main through the South Dunedin Borough would, approximately, cost L3oo—one-half of which would have to be charged against the St. Kilda Borough. The length of the streets to be reticulated was about 6$ miles, and that length of water pipes (with an internal diameter of Sin, 4in, and 3in), together with the necessary junctions, bends, etc., would cost something like L 3.913 5a 4d. He explained that since Mr Hay had reported on the scheme there had been a number of new streets laid off within the area it was proposed to reticulate, and the distance would therefore be increased by 102 chains, which made the total length of mains to bo laid down 8 miles 54 chains, and which raised the total cost to L 4.666 lis 4d. The Chairman was afraid that the undertaking was too large for the borough at the present time. The scheme if carried out would entail the imposition of a rate of Is 6d in the £ upon the rateable value of the property in the borough ; and the ratepayers, before the scheme was sanctioned, should be thoroughly satisfied to pay a special rate, for unless they were agreeable to do that they could not obtain the water. Cr Gore mentioned the fact that there was a clamoring for water at iSt. Kilda, and ratepayers were always asking why _ the Council did not take some steps to obtain a supply for the borough. Some were under the impression that the water could be supplied to the borough out of the ordinary revenue, but that was, of course, impossible. There was no doubt that if they wanted the water they would have to float a loan, and if they borrowed, say, L 6.000 at 6 percent., it would cost them L 240 per year. Their rates, however, for the water would only yield L 336, which left a balance o! L 96 to work upon. That was too small a margin, especially so as the population of the Dorough was decreasing rather than increasing. Mr J. M'C. Gallaway would bring matters to a head by moving—" That this meeting is not in favor of a water supply for St. Kilda." Mr Jack seconded. Mr Mitchell then moved—"That this borough proceed to carry out the scheme of a water supply." Mr T. 0. Fabnie seconded the amend ment pro forma. It was, in his opinion, very absurd to go in for such a scheme at present. It had been shown conclusively by the figures that had been brought before the meeting that the borough could not afford to go in for such a scheme. Then another thing to be considered was the fact that most people in the borough had already expended a considerable amount of money in tanks; and even when they had to buy tanks it would not cost them so much as the proposed rate —Is 6d in the £, Only four persons voted for the amendment. The motion was carried by a substantial majority, and tho meeting terminated,

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ST. KILDA'S WATER SUPPLY., Evening Star, Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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ST. KILDA'S WATER SUPPLY. Evening Star, Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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