THE HEATHCOTE RIVER.
CHARGE AGAINST GLUE COMPANY. breaches of drainage board BY-LAWS ALLEGED. • At the Magistrate’s Court this mornng before Air T. A. B. Bailey, S.AI the Christchurch Drainage Board (Air Alpcrs) proceeded against the New Zouhuul Glue Company, Ltd. (Air ” right), for (1) making a drain to the Jleathcotc River without permission, and (2) causing foul liquid to flow into tlio iioatneoto River without the couseuL of the Drainage Board. Air Alpcrs said that tlio industry in which the defendant company was engaged was of great importance to the commercial life of the city. The board was not antagonistic to the company. The reason why the hoard was taking action was because it had conic to n> cognise, from a health point of view, the supreme importance of keeping the river free from pollution. As far back as 1915 the board had informed tlio company that tlio effluent from the factor.y must conform to the standard of purity as adopted by the board. Some time ago a. conference of representatives from tlio various works in AVcolston had met and agreed that, whilst experiments were being made liy the Woolston Tanneries, Ltd., with a view of obviating the nuisance, the other works would do their host to keep the river free from pollution. The defendant company was not represented at tliis conference. Some time ago the hoard’s inspector had taken an analysis of the effluent being discharged from the company’s works, and found that the effluent was below the standard fixed by the hoard- Seven days’ notice was given to the defendants to disconnect, hut they failed to do so. Tlio catch pits installed by the company had not proved effective. Cu t-libert Williams, Christchurch Drainage Board engineer, said that no permission had been given to the defendant company to discharge effluent into the river. A system of larger catch pita, or a. system of alternative catch pits might prove more effective. Dr Herbert Chesson, District Health Officer, gave evidence of a technical nature as regards trade effluents. He considered that it would be quite possible for the Glue Company to deal effectively with the effluents discharged from their works. (Proceeding.)