THE BAY WATER SUPPLY
LOW PRESSURE ON HILL.
At tho meeting of the Bay Town Board last night a deputation waited upon the board and presented a petition signed by over 80 ratepayers of the high levels of the district drawing attention to the unsatisfactory water supply on the high levels, and asking that a reasonable supply be obtained for residents on the hill.
Mr F. 6. Bridgeman, on behalf of the deputation, pointed out that the water supply on the hill was becoming worse and worse, and that the residents were paying rates for a supply which they did not get. They wore paying the rates for the benefit of the people not on the hill, and thought that steps should he taken at once to give them a better supply ami something for their rates.
Mr J. 11. Gill stated that a hedge at his place had caught lire at about 11 ! o’clock one morning, and that they could get no water (ill 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Had there been but a domestic supply more than half .of the hedge would have been saved. During tho last few months they had been unable to get a drop of water until late at night. The, Chairman of tho board (Mr T. Somerville) said that the. blame could not reasonably be laid at the feet of the Bay Town Board. Negotiations had been started with (he City Corporation, and tho whole of the proposal of the board had been based on statements which were given on more than< one occasion by responsible officers of tho corporation (hat there would be a pressure of RJolh on tho meter on tiie Anderson Bay road. A proposal was entered into between the board and the St. Kilda Borough Council by which tho supply was drawn from a Gin pipe along the main road, instead of a 6m pipe along King Edward road. The opinion of their own engineer had been that the pressure of tho supply received along a direct pipe would be greater than by a pipe along King Edward road. During the first year or eighteen months of the scheme tho hill had had a reasonable supply. He thought that probably tho reasons why the pressure had fallen were that supply which came from the Silverstream was taxed to a much greater extent by the extra houses and modern conveniences, and that tho pipe they took, which belonged to the St. Kilda Council, was not interlaced into the system in tho South Dunedin ward. The board had endeavored to arrange for a better system, but unfortunately had not succeeded in arranging for a satisfactory pressure ou tho hill. After the deputation had withdrawn, Mr Fairbairn moved:—“ That this board consider the question of an improved water supply on the high levels, and that a committee consisting of the chairman, Messrs Gall, Wesncy, Shacklock, and Fairbairn go into the matter, and report later to a meeting of the board.”
In seconding the motion Air Gall said that two fires had lately occurred on the hill, but, as there was no water, nothing could be done to save them. The Chairman said it was simply a question of money. There wore two or three sources from which they could get a water supply. A hydraulic pump had been suggested. The pump would bo self-acting, and as soon as the pressure fell below a ccrtaiu point would act and pump water into tho higher levels of tho system. Another proposal was that a reservoir should be placed on the higher levels of Anderson Bay, and that through the night, when the pressure was low, the water could he pumped into the reservoir and then be fed back through the system. The third proposal, and the one that seemed most reasonable, was that of getting either Maori Hill or Mornington water. But that had its weaknesses, ton, for while it would give au excellent pressure on tho high levels, the pressure on the low levels might be so great that they would lose a great amount of water through leaky taps, and so increase tho annual cost of water consumed. The motion was carried.
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THE BAY WATER SUPPLY, Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914