Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

1917 and Rocky Council Urged to Consider Water Meters; Almost 90 Years before It Was Enforced, the Need for a User Pays System Was an Issue

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

1917 and Rocky Council Urged to Consider Water Meters; Almost 90 Years before It Was Enforced, the Need for a User Pays System Was an Issue

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This is the latest instalment in our 1917 historical feature where we look back at the stories, people and events that shaped our region from the 1917 editions of The Morning Bulletin.

The following article was first publish in the newspaper on September 14, 1917.

THE WATER SUPPLY

The water problem must soon again engage the attention of the City Council.

With the advent of summer the demand for water will be greatly increased.

There is already evidence that the Crescent Lagoon supply is diminishing fast.

Every flood that comes helps to silt up the lagoon, and, whereas it was possible a few years ago to pump down to 4 ft. or 5. Ft. from the bottom without stirring up the silt, it is questionable whether the water can now be pumped down to 6 ft. on the gauge without drawing in the silt and dead weeds.

The Dunganweate storage supply has already been tapped, and, unless there is a continuation of spring showers, the city supply will soon be entirely drawn from that sub-artesian source, which will need to be continuously enticed into the Dunganweate pump-well by trenching and sinking.

In the meantime the requirements of residents have to be provided for, and there can be no doubt that something in the nature of preventative measures will have to be promptly undertaken.

The crucial question is -- How can the consumption be reduced and waste prevented until such time as a fresh source of supply can be obtained?

In this connection it has been suggested that the Council might adopt the system of metering, and there is no doubt that this is a certain means of detecting waste and preventing the extravagant use of water, which invariably leads to nuisance and inconvenience to others.

By some it is feared that evil results to the health of a community may follow the diminution of water consumption in certain directions. …

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