COCKERMOUTH UNION RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY the fortnightly meeting continues.....

THE QUESTION OF WATER SUPPLY
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The Clerk read a letter from MR. RICHARD GRAVES of the Gillhead Colliery, making application for a supply of water to his colliery and brickworks. At present he had none but what came out of the pit, which was not fit for his workmen to drink.  The matter was referred to the Flimby Committee.

A letter was read from MR. WM. BROWN, of Tallentire Hall, dated the 6th of July, stating that he had some difficulty in knowing what answer to give with respect to the Authority's application in regard to his water works. If the whole benefits of all who now enjoy them were carefully preserved and ensured, he should be exceedingly glad to get rid of the burthen and responsibility connected with them.  At this moment not only his own house, stables, garden, &c., were supplied, but also the hill and the home farms. The whole of the inhabitants of the township within had already had what was considered a very reasonable offer of a share in the water, but they had refused it.  All that he could offer and guarantee as sound and good was the reservoir and the iron pipes down to the house and village and the way-leave through his land.
   The first difficulty he had was with regard to the future prosepcts of the whole bill;  when he saw how strongly there had been brought before the public and Houses of Parliament the demand at one end from the many ironworks at Workington, and then the supply of coal and lime &c., on the "Hog's Back", as it was called, or watershed from near Brayton to Workington, and the willingness of the owners of the land in general through which a railway over it would pass, he could not doubt for a moment that somehow or other such a railway will be made, and all the described consequences will follow from it.
   If so would not the form of the waterworks take quite another shape ? Possibly new large springs of water might be opened out.  Then, when a similar inquiry to this was made before, it was doubted whether their present supply of water would be sufficient, and it was suggested that new springs might be sought for.
   He did not think that there would be any difficulty in that respect, though it might perhaps be at the cost of Gilcrux, but would not that be the very first step to take ?  He must not have his water deteriorated. Then they must make up their minds to have an agent, and a skilful, well-paid agent, near at hand, in case of unexpected bursts, &c.  If the sale took place he did not think that there would be any difficulty in finding out what the right and reasonable cost should be.  The letter was referred to the Water Committee/
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