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UNSATISFACTORY IN THE-NORTH END. RESIDENTS' STRONG COMPLAINTS. During tho past few days residents in certain portions of the northern end of the City have been loud in the condemnation of the water supply and inquiries which were made by a -Star’ reporter on Saturday tend to" show that, although tho 'trouble has been acute during last week or so, tome residents have been bothered on several occasions in the past few months with nn unsatisfactory supply, and, like most irate ratepayers, they com plain vigorously at those who are to blame, whoever they may Ik-. “lilW the baths’” declared one man. disgustingly. ** Before the {'itv Council talk of filtering those municipal baths they ought to give their attention to a mol.: important matter, and see that the household supply is pure and fit to use. To be perfectly fair,” he continued, ‘"it has been a little belter during the last day or two, ■but previous to that, for about a fortnight, the whole supply was abominably vile. In fact, once we were compelled to cease using it, and certainly I would not insult whisky by diluting it with water from any of the household taps, as it would only spoil a decent brand. The hot water supply lias been simply horrible, the smell terrific, and if one filled up the hath one would have no chaiifv of seeing the bottom, for the water resembles something the colo - of elay. \\ : o have had to pul up with a similar trouble bofoic, but this is tho limit.” Another man. who was foimerly a resident in the noith end. but now congratulates himself on a timely removal to a more favored locality, said that he had noticed the dirty color of tho water, especially after heavy rains. “ The odor was superb.” he deduped, sarcastically, ‘•caught you in the nostrils and gripped hard there. Oh, it was rich. Thank goodness. I've escaped the latest epidemic,” he added. A resident in Clyde street characterised tho supply as "something deadly." and proceeded to say that it had been distinctly bad for months, (hue the council had some im-;i ingag.-d in C'lyrl- strict digging up Cm road, evidently bent on cleaning out the .pipes. Ho frankly admitted that for a while afterwards it was a little better, but gradually it got worse, and now the “doctor” was urgently needed. In the mornings tho water was of a dirty color, hut in filling the kettles one could not easily detect it. Tho climax was reached when last .Wednesday evening the lea was in progress and tin- good lady of the house became indignant at the taste of the beverage that “ cheers but not inebriates.” They simply could not drink it, and nn experiment at the kitchen tap with a transparent jug disclosed the fact that the water appeared to be related with pea soup. When the evening wore on and tlie hath was filled ready for the children, no one dared remain in the bathroom, the smell being terrific, to quote the informant, who added that it was a fitting climax, and he, for one, had had quite sufficient of it. It was really time that someone took action in the matter, for things. had been bad for some time past. Others were also interviewed, and their remarks -were very similar. One Leith street resident declared that his wife would soon have to employ a girl to do nothing but scour out kettles and pots. As it was, the lids nearly foil off in justifiable disgust when the water boiled. It should be added that in some localities in the area mentioned the supply has been quite good, and in the places mentioned a remedy would certainly appear to he wanted. THE ANSWER. Inquiring about the matter from Cr Monzies (chairman of the Water Committee), we were told that the officers became aware a month ago that the water from Ross Creek (which supplies the low levels at tho north end) was not good, and upon examination it was found that the fault was not with the water in the creek but the water in the reservoir, and that the ascertained cause was the extraordinary growth of a weed in the lower dam. This weed discolors the water and gives it a queer odor. Tests prove that those are the only deteriorating influences of the weed, and that it in no way poisons the water. Nevertheless it is not a nice thing to have, and the city engineer has shut off the dam in question, turning the creek direct into the supply, with the result that in ordinary weather the service is all right. The only trouble now is that in times of heavy rain the overflow from the dam is mixed with the creek water, since there is no way at present of getting rid of the storm overflow. In this connection wo may again call attention to the fact that the Water Committee will probably ask the City Council to agree to a poll of the ratepayers being taken on the question of bringing in the Leo Stream for the purpose of augmenting the City water supply.

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CUT WATER SUPPLY, Evening Star, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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CUT WATER SUPPLY Evening Star, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914