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THE LOQUACIOUS OBSTRUCTIVES IN .( THE COUNCIL, AND THE WATERWORKS. EARLY on the morning of the 5th of September, 18G5, we believe we can with confidence announce that the Engineer may bring in an amended esti- mate for the Waterworks to supply this Borough, the total amount of which estimate will not, in all probability, exceed Soooo Os Od. We are led to this utopian conclusion from the fact that he (the Engineer) was enabled, in one week, to reduce his detailed estimate by about X822 3s 6d; and bas- ing our calculations on this fact, we find that it will take exactly 7 weeks, 15 hours, 35 minutes, and 39! seconds, to reduce the remainder of the above mentioned sum of SOOOO Os Od, time to run from the last meeting of the Local Board of Health, on Monday, 17th inst., and which meeting was there- fore adjourned till Monday, 24th inst., in order that the Engineer might report progress (?) Hav- ng arrived thus far satisfactorily, we were further led to calculate the time about which the Water- works would be opened; and in the course of our investigation, we found that what is in arithmetic called an irrational or impossible root (Anglice; root of impossibility) entered into the calculation which we were unable to eliminate, the result con- sequently being positive infinity, or never. This is however hardly to be regretted, as it is perfectly clear that should the town exceed an expenditure of X6000 on the new Waterworks, the surplus, after paying all charges on existing debentures and expenses of maintenance and repairs of new Works, will not at the end of 30 years be sufficient to pay off the debt incurred, even if the surplus be squan- dered by dragging in parties unconcerned in the Works, or be carefully put by to accumulate in an old stocking, broken teapot, or other equally pro- fitless but no less safe place. Although we believe, that speaking roundly, there would have been suffi- cient funds after leaving a good margin to pay off in 30 years £ 6700 at 5 per cent by half-yearly in- stalments. From what we can see, however, it seems to us exceedingly doubtful whether anybody will take any water in the Borough at all, as it ap- pears to be the intention of the Board to claim all pipes and appurtenances relating to the supply of water to any private house as their own freehold property, whether in the street or in the house, and these notions we apprehend might cause some doubts and disputes to arise as to certain rights of property, it has not been publicly stated what the cost of this would be, nor have we seen the esti- mate. That this idea took its origin from a laudable desire to become lords of the soil to as great an ex- tent as possible, is shewn from the wish expressed by some members that the Board should keep a strip of land proposed to be dispensed with conse- quent upon the reduction made in the reservoir and filter beds; the motive being that at some future time, it might, and probably would be de- sirable to enlarge the works, in the mean time the turncock could grow potatoes in the land at X5 per 11 annum per acre, and this, notwithstanding that it was stated by the Engineer that when the enlarge- ment was made the outlay would be about five times a great for an equal amount of work as if made at once in addition to deranging the supply of water to the town for some weeks. Now, what we should like to know is this If it is advisable to take land for enlarged works, why is it not ad- visable to carry out the works themselves on a similar scale especially if the probable available revenue will justify borrowing funds sufficient ? Allusion was made on Monday last at the meeting, to a most elaborate and detailed report which some favoured few of the learned members of the Board appear to have had the opportunity of studying; but, unfortunately, this report was not before the Board, a fact no doubt much to be regretted, as a perusal of it might have cleared up some of the trifling difficulties we have here stated, and we might then have had the felicity of aniiotincingtcr- our readers, as some too sanguine people used to do when we were all children together, that the waterworks would positively be commenced this snmmer.-Communicatecl. u