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Mr DUCAT, Local Government Board Inspector, held an inquiry in the Upton
Board School, Caldbeck, on Wednesday, respecting an application of the Wigton
Rural District Council to borrow £230 for the purpose of extending the two-inch
water main from Upton School to the top of Ratten Row. There were present: Mr
WILLIAMSON, chairman of the Wigton Rural District Council; Mr J F W RITSON
(clerk), Mr BROWN (surveyor), Mr WATSON (consulting engineer), Mr John GREENUP,

Mr RITSON, who stated the case on behalf of the District Council, said the
matter had been in hand a considerable time. In the years 1899 and 1900 the
present main was laid from a spring above the Wath to Upton School, at a cost of
about £230. What they now asked for was to extend this two-inch main to the
top of Ratten Row. The population of Caldbeck parish was 863; the population
already supplied was 182, and those unsupplied 183 - about 40 houses and one
school. The rateable value of the paris was £6,477. A penny in the pound would
raise £23.

Mr BROWN next described the supply. It had been gauged in one of the very
driest times, and the minimum was four gallons in 37 seconds, or 10,000 gallons
per day, and was 40 gallons per head of the population. He next described the
springs and collecting tank, and answered several questions put by the
Inspector. The water was pure, but hard.

Mr W H IVINSON: What size of pipes do you intend to put through? - Mr
BROWN: Two-inch pipes.

Mr W H IVINSON: Why is it necessary to carry a two-inch pipe to the top of
Ratten Row? An inch pipe would be quite sufficient for the houses, and a
considerably less cost. A section of the ratepayers is opposed to it.

Mr WATSON, E.C: By reducing the size of pipe you will only reduce the
estimate by £16.

The Inspector: It would not be wise to put in a small pipe.

Mr W H IVINSON: A section of the ratepayers favour it; and I don't believe
in spending £200 when £100 is sufficient.

The Inspector: Are you aware the effect the water has on the pipes?

Mr IVINSON: Yes; it will probably corrode.

The Inspector: A small pipe might be corroded up in five years. I suppose
the ratepayers would not approve of that. (Laughter.)

Mr GRAVES: They want to put the cost into current rates.

Mr W H IVINSON: We are not suggesting current rates at all.

Mr Wm IVINSON: Would not a half-inch pipe be sufficient to go down to the
Post Office?

The Inspector: I may inform you on this point that the Local Government
Board, as a rule, don't make loans for pipes less than three inches, so small
pipes are out of the question.

Mr W H GREENUP: Can any information be obtained at this inquiry whether the
District Council can collect a water rate?

The Inspector: No; that is a matter that cannot be dealt with to-day. The
District Council won't be able to decide yet.

Some discussion followed on the question of water rates between Mr W H
GREENUP, Mr W H IVINSON, and Mr BROWN. The two former gentlemen seemed to dispute
the power of the District Council to levy a water rate.

Mr BROWN said they could, by statute, and the auditor had informed them they

Mr W H IVINSON: The auditor is not infallible.

At the conclusion of the inquiry the Inspector visited the springs and tank.