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Water for Australian Gold Fields.

Issue 4 and Volume 45.

Water for Australian Gold Fields. The West Australian gold fields, situated 400 miles westward from the sea and coastal rivers need 5,000,000 gal. of water per day. All that is obtainable in that region are the mine-waters, mineral springs and desert saltpans. The ground water is full of alkali, and for drinking and domestic purposes had to be distilled. This was remedied in 1903. The government, after numerous surveys had been made, determined to run a weir across the Helena river, near Mundaring, and pump the water thus collected, in 2j4-ft., riveted, steel conduits—a distance of 351}4 miles to Bulla Bulling. A concrete weir 760 ft. in width and 100 ft. in height was constructed across the river. This formed a reservoir with a storagecapacity of 4,600,000,000 gal., and a daily output capacity of 5,000,000 gal. The main service reservoir from which the towns and mines of the gold fields…

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