WASTE OF GAS.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,—l should like to ask a question through your columns. Who is to blame for smhsuch waßte of gas, seeing that last eveniog the moon was shining brightly ? What was the need for the City limps being lighted ? We ratepayers have to pay quite enough for that which is required without having gas burning to waste when it is unneeded. It is high time that the Gas Committee looked after the interests of the ratepayers a little better. If it were a dull, rainy night it would be very unwise to leave the City in darkness. As anyone knows who has hadexperienceof theweather in Dunedin, the moon does not set until the early hour of morning, consequently for the street lamps to be alight from 6 30 until 1.45 a.m. means that a large amount of gas will be consumed. If you ask to get the gas any cheaper you will he told that it is already far too cheap; still it is cheap enough to burn in utter waste. I asked one of the lamplighters the other night what he meant by lighting the lamps when the moon was quite bright, and he told me they had been so instructed by the foreman. Now, I thought that the City Council had passed a resolution that the office of foreman should be dispensed with and his duties be taken over by the gas inspector. I would like to know why this has not been done. How is it that the Council say one thing to-day and another to-morrow ? Another thing that I should lice to biw is: Why is it that the hvnra around the Octagon on to Albany street are always alight before the others, sometimes as much a3 half an hour ?—I am, etc., Ratepayer. Dunedin, November 1.
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WASTE OF GAS., Evening Star, Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement