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Our Water Supply

Sooner or later the question of supplementing the present water supply, if not of superseding it by a better system, will have to be faced by the town council. Some persona favour the sinking of another well, while others pin their faith to a gravitation scheme. With a view of obtaining data as to cost and other matters His Worship the Mayor moved at the last meeting of the council that the town engineer be instructed to prepare an estimate of putting down a bore to a depth of from 1200 to 1500 feet. The motion was seconded by Cr. McFarlane, and agreed to.

Cr. Stone, in strongly supporting the proposal said that the town was not prepared to go in for a gravitation scheme at present. Personally, he did not think it was necessary. The cost of putting down a bore was estimated at £ISOO, the interest on which would amount to £6 15s per year. If the experiment was not a success it would mean the loss of a year’s profit on the waterworks. On the other hand, if they went in for gravitation it would mean that the ratepayers would have to meet a deficiency of £ISOO a year, and that would fall principally on the working and. middle classes, seeing warehouses and offices only pay 3§ per cent., the highest amopnt the as dwelling houses have to pay 7 per cent., the highest amount the law allows the corporation to impose upon them. As to the success of the artesian system elsewhere, there was abundance of evidence. In Christchurch, for instance, there were many thousands of artesian wells. The minimum depth was about SO feet, and the maximum 500 feet. The sizes varied from llin, to 6in. in diameter, and the maximum, flow was about 150 gallons per minute, or 216.000 gallons per day. In Australia the following- results had been achieved ; Bundaleer bore, New South Wales : depth 1612 ft., flow 184.000 gallons pier diem. Glengarie bore, X.S.W. : depth 1630 ft., flow 250.000 gallons. Wellinoringle bore, X.S.W. : depth 1590 ft.. flow 1,756,000 gallons per diem. Walkdon bore, X.S.W. ; depth 1601 ft,, flow 200,000 gallons p>er diem. Thurulgoonah bore, Queensland : depth 1710 ft., flow 3,000,000 gallons pier diem. Coming- nearer home, the artesian well to be sunk alongside the new locomotive sheds in 'Dunedin had been sunk to a depth of 90ft., and it was expected that another 60ft. would have to be driven before a suitable flow of water was struck. As to the opinion expressed by a member of the council that a satisfactory artesian supply need only be looked for in country surrounded by snow-cap-p>cd mountains, the experience in Queensland proved the contrary, for some of the bores were in the table land. Cr. Stone added that if the Corporation was not prepared to undertake the work, a gentleman in town was ready to form a company to sink a bore conditionally on receiving a bonus should the project prove su c ces sf ul.

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Our Water Supply, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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Our Water Supply Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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