Lee Stream scheme

The Hillside Railway Workshops No 1 fire-fighting team, which won the Southern Fire Brigades...
The Hillside Railway Workshops No 1 fire-fighting team, which won the Southern Fire Brigades Association’s shield. — Otago Witness, 17.2.1920
The effect of the spell of dry weather which has been experienced, with trifling intermissions, for the past six or seven weeks was the most cogent argument that could possibly be employed in support of the proposal adopted by the City Council, for submitting to a poll of the ratepayers the scheme for the introduction of a fresh supply of water from the Lee Stream. 

For it has been sufficient to bring home to the public mind a sense of the fact that the existing supplies of water furnish a perilously narrow margin over the quantity that is required to satisfy the normal needs of the community.

Nearly three years have elapsed since the City Council accepted a recommendation from the Water Committee that steps should be taken to secure a poll on a proposal to borrow the sum of £140,000 which, it was estimated, would cover the cost of introducing a supply from the Lee Stream, but this decision was subsequently allowed to lie in abeyance in view of the disturbance by the war of the conditions of finance. 

The present determination by the council merely represents, therefore, a re-affirmation of a decision to which it has already committed itself.  Unfortunately it cannot be expected that the cost at the present time of bringing in the supply will not be much heavier than it was estimated it would have been three years ago. 

But the council is hardly to be seriously blamed for not having at that time sought the ratepayers’ approval of a loan proposal.  It would be unwise, however, to dally further with the question.

An adequate and a pure supply of water are essential requirements of the population.

Extraordinary catch achieved

An extraordinary catch was effected in the cricket match at Footscray between Footscray and Caulfield (says the Melbourne Argus).  Jousson, of Footscray, the highest scorer in the match, had made 47 when he cut a ball from Crawly hard towards point. Huntington was fielding there. 

He put out his hand to take the catch, but failed to hold it.  The ball, however, ran down his arm and dropped into his pocket, and the batsman was out.

‘Water wagon’ in use at Kaitangata

The feature of the dry spell at Kaitangata (writes our correspondent) is the reappearance of the ‘‘water wagon’’, consisting of a barrel mounted on wheels and drawn by a horse.  As fully half the tanks in town are dry, the owner of the wagon is doing a roaring business at 2s 6d per barrelful. 

As the water is dipped from a horse trough, which is used by scores of teams daily, any one using it for domestic purposes is asking for trouble.

Fighting forest fires is possible

People are frequently heard to assert that New Zealand forests cannot be protected from fire.  These assertions are characterised by Mr E. Phillips Turner, secretary to the Forestry Department, as unreasonable, in view of the effective fire protection that is practised in Sweden, Norway, France, Austria, India, South Africa, and Japan, where the summers are on the whole hotter and drier than they are in New Zealand. 

Fire protection, he states, is simply a matter of staff and the correct methods.  Even in forests where fire protection is practised fires occasionally occur, as they do in cities where fire brigades are kept; but in the former case there is no more reason for accepting fires as unavoidable than there is in the latter case.

— ODT, 20.2.1920


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