Poster opposing the Boltby Scheme

Printed bill poster.


We are glad to see by the York Herald of the 14th. inst., that "VINCIT VERTIAS" in his letter written on behalf et the Thirsk Water Co., admits that spring water is better for domestic use than surface water, but he cannot have read the evidence of the Company's witnesses, given before the Parliamentary Committee, who say the 200,000 gallons required for daily consumption, are almost entirelf surface water, and they estimiate the springs to run only 20,000 to 30,000 gallons per day, which is a direct contradiction to "VINVIT VERITAS's" absurd assertion that the Company has sufficient & to spare of spring water for its domestic consumption, so the Boltby water will still remain a fourth quality water, or if filtered through sand a third quality water according to the Rivers Pollution Commissioners' Classification.

We are quite aware that there is a good supply of soft spring water in the Paradise valley. There being some strong springs below and at Mr. BUMBY's of Low Paradise, whose family use it for all domestic purposes, and for washing prefer it to rain water, but the Company for some unaccountable reason, have excluded these springs from their supply.

"VINCIT VERITAS" writes shear nonsense about Professor Symonds having fixed the rainful, he could as easily fix and control the winds and tides, he might measure the rainfill, but not fix it, and he has not measured it, neither have the Engineers measured the outflow of the streams. So we maintain that we are justified in saying the scheme is based on speculative evidence.

"VINCIT VERITAS" Says that personal matters were brought on at a Public Meeting, but beyond a review of the evidence given before the Parliamentary Committee, the only personalities indulged in were by one of the Company's solicitors, but as an ample apology was made and accepted, we think it unwise of "VINCIT VERITAS" towards his friends alluding to it, and unfair to either friend or opponent alluding to matters for which an apology had been made and accepted.

The Committee would strongly urge total exclusion of personal matters, and that all parties interested should study only the interests of the Town.

Speaking of the Kepwick scheme "VINCIT VERITAS" asks the question, Whoever heard of an iron pipe being inserted into the mouth of a spring or springs to supply a population etc. etc.? Our answer is that this course has been strongly recommended by the very authority he quotes, viz;- the Rivers Pollution Commissioners, had he read their report he would have found that 36 Towns are supplied direct from springs including Lancaster and Ilkley, and it is proposed to bring the pure sogt spring waters direct from Kepwick in the same manner.

As to the quality of the two waters the same analyst (Mr. Fairley) shews

Boltby Surface Water to contain.Kepwick Spring Water to contain.
Organic impurity 0.84
Permanent hardness 3.6
Temporary hardness 0.1
Organic impurity 0.11
Permanent hardness 2.3
Temporary hardness 3.2

As to quantity the only guaging the Company's Engineer in his evidence gives as correct is 227,000 gallons per day considerably less than ssome of the individual springs on Kepwick Moor where there are upwards of 60 springs yielding over 2.000.000 gallons of water per day.

The same authority "VINCIT VERITAS" has quoted says "Extended experience is leading more and more to the conclusion that the best & most wholesome water for the supply of towns is spring or deep well water. This in the case even if it be hard, but a soft apring water is a prize not often within the reach of a town." Vide Rivers Pollution Commissioners' Report.

If Thirsk is really in want of water, the committee feel that the soft spring waters of Kepwick are a prize worthy of the best efforts to obtain.


Thirsk, June 17th, 1879.


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