SICKNESS AT ANDERSON BAY
NOT DUE TO DEFECTIVE DRAINAGE.
A deputation comprising six members of the Anderson Bay School Committee waited on the Bay lown Board last night in regard to the drainage of properties near the school, of which a number of pupils are at present affected by diphtheria and scarlet fever.
( Mr A. Youngson, chairman of the School Committee, said the board were no doubt aware of the cases of diphtheria and scarlet fever at the school. The committeehad been blamed by the parents, but, thev had tried to clean everything about the school, and the inspector had pronounced everything to be satisfactory, as far as the committee could make them. In the vicinity of the school, however, there were certain properties the drainage of which it was thought should bo considerably improved. The effluents from septic "tanks on certain properties had always been a serious annoyance to tho school, and ho hoped the board would 6ee their wav to have an improvement effected. The Chairman (Mt T. Somerville) said he had called on tho Health Department with regard to the cases of diphtheria, and he was assured they were not attributable to the drainage of the district. The department had also stated that the septic tanks at the school were in perfect workin" order, and that certain residents in the vicinity of tho school who had defective septic tanks had been instructed to have them repaired. The drainage system in Anderson Bay, while not in a perfect condition, was not, in tho opinion of the inspector, sufficiently bad to cause an epidemic in the district. He assured the deputation that tho matter brought forward would be considered.
After the deputation had withdrawn it was decided that a committee of the board interview the owners of the septic tanks in question, with a view to havin" them placed in better working condition. 0
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SICKNESS AT ANDERSON BAY, Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914