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The Engineer repeated his former explanation as to how these connexions came to be made, and recommended that no supply be given without meter. The Chairman Perhaps Mr Evans will accept that. Dr Prichard moved, as an amendment, since there was a sufficient supply of water, that in all these cases water be supplied through meters. The Mayor seconded. He considered that it would be a relief to the pipes which at present had too great a pressure on them. Mr Evans If you refuse to do this, we shall have to apply to the Local Government Board. The Mayor Well, don't threaten. Mr Evans I don't think it is fair to us. As to Mr John Roberts's remarks, I can't understand it at all. Sometimes the pressure in our office here is r 30lbs at other times 60lbs and an hour after, it goes to 2olbs and then it goes up again. That is not on account of us using more water in the town. It goes down when they are using less water. I don't believe in the argument of Mr Roberts at all. Mr Roberts I ask the question through you, Mr Chairman, to Mr Farrington, Would it help Llysfaen to stop these little connexions ? The Engineer It would not. Dr Prichard Is not the pressure Mr Evans mentioned just now, too high an average for these ancient mains ? The Chairman ruled this out of order, and the Board divided ;-For the amendment 4 for Mr Evans's resolution, 5. The resolution was there- fore carried. Mr Evans I give notice of motion that, at the next meeting of the Board, I will move that the other two connexions be rescinded. And I hope the next Board will be in a month, and not in three or four months, so that we can have it done at once. The minutes of the last Board, were then con- firmed. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Rev T. Parry (Chairman of the Finance Committee) reported that the Committee had had a number of bills before them, amounting to £ 184 14s. In the opinion of the Committee, the contractor ought to pay these bills. He proposed that the Committee's recommendation be adopted. The Chairman (reading) To be paid if sued for, unless the Contractor gives an indemnity for the cost of defending the case." That is the pro- posal of the Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Rev T. Parry And that will be deducted from the Contractor's account. Mr Owen seconded. Dr Prichard Well, the Contractor won't pay if we don't pay it, because there is not very much money in hand. The Rev T. Parry Is it better for us to go to law or to pay it ? The Clerk said that he had been inst ructed to send copies of these accounts to the Contractor, and had done so he had not received any reply from the Contractor. The Rev T. Parry We don't intend to pay, but, if we are sued, this resolution is to stand. The Chairman (to the Clerk): Then you advise us to pay into Court the amount that you consider we shall be liable for? The Clerk Yes. The Committee's recommendation was con- firmed. The Rev T. Parry There is another bill from Mr Porter, solicitor, which, after taxation, stands at £70. The Committee recommended that that be paid. The Committee's recommendation was con- firmed. Alderman Hughes (to the Engineer): How many men are kept in reference to the Cowlyd works. The Chairman I think we must call for the Surveyor's report, and then, if you like to ask your question again, you will get to know. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The report was to the effect that the standpost was now fixed in the Lake, and that all the works were complete with the exception of a small portion of the embankment and bywash. The water was turned on from the standpost on the previous Tuesday, and the machinery and valves in the guage-chamber tested, and everything worked in perfect order. They were now in a position to draw from the Lake, the quantity of water available being between 300,000,000 and 400,000,000 gallons, so that a plentiful supply could be relied upon. The completion of the standpost enabled them to reduce the level of the water in the Lake, and thus stop the overflow. The Contractor would now be able to push on with the bywash and remaining part of the embankment without interfering in any way with the snpply of the District. As to the complaints of the unsatisfactory supply to Colwyn Bay, it was entirely due to the main from Sarn Mynach to Colwyn Bay being too small to keep up any- thing like a decent pressure. He suggested a continuation of the 12-inch main and the 9-inch main at estimates of from £ 6000 to £ 8000, alter- native schemes being proposed. He also suggested the construction of a reservoir at a site above the Pwllycrochon Hotel, to hold about seven days' supply for the Colwyn Bay District. From this reservoir,a separate 9-inch main should be laid down to the new 12-inch main, which would ensure a supply in case of any accident to the trunk main. The pumping engine at Groes, could be removed and fixed near the new reser- voir, and utilised for pumping water to a new reservoir to be constructed above the Pwlly- crochon Woods. This could be utilised both as a storage reservoir and for the supply of the higher portion of the District. A suitable site for this higher level was shown in his Scheme sanc- tioned by Parliament in 1878-9. Dr. Prichard, when the Engineer came to the suggestions as to new mains, objected on a point ot order. The Chairman Had'nt we better deal with the report itself? These are only suggestions. Dr. Prichard They have nothing to do with the Cowlyd Board. Mr Roberts I hope you will give the Engineer fair play. Dr. Prichard still objected. The Chairman (firmly) Mr Farrington will proceed. Mr Farrington proceeded, but was again inter- rupted by Dr. Prichard, who said, I must pro- test. This is no report of the Cowlyd Scheme. The Chairman (firmly) Mr Farrington is to proceed. Alderman Hughes I beg to ask a question. Who instructed The Chairman Mr Farrington is to proceed. Alderman Hughes I beg to ask a question. The Chairman (loudly) Mr Farrington, Mr Farrington, Mr Farrington. Alderman Hughes How is it that you allow other members. I think you have changed your mind." The Chairman Perhaps, with respect to you. Dr. Prichard Who instructed Mr Farrington to prepare this report. A confused and disorderly discussion ensued at this point, in which Mr Farrington joined, but was stopped by the Chairman. Mr Farrington held that he had a right to reply to the attacks made on him, and wished to say that he had had no instigation from any individual in the matter of the suggestions he was then making to the Board. He was doing it on his own account to clear himself of the stigma which had been cast upon the Scheme, in which he, as the author of the Scheme, was involved. It had gone abroad that the Scheme was a failure. That had appeared in all the professional papers, and all he wished to do was to disprove that. The fact was, the Scheme was not a failure. The cause of the insufficient supply of water to Colwyn Bay, was to be found in the Colwyn Bay mains, and for that reason he was offering these suggestions to the Board. If he could get his explanation into all the papers, he would not care what the Board did,—whether they acted on these suggestions or not, but he was bound to

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.