Published Resources Details Conference Paper
- Public water supply, Sale, Victoria - an historian's perspective
- 19th Australasian engineering heritage conference: putting water to work: steam power, river navigation and water supply
- Engineering Heritage Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2017, pp. 466-477
- History of Applied Sciences Engineering and Technology
Notable engineer-architect John Grainger designed and built Sale's first reticulated water supply in 1887/1888. Only the handsome brick water tower remains. In 2016 a community movement began to restore this exceptional building as a water museum and visitor lookout. With guidance from a Conservation Management Plan, it is hoped to substantially complete restoration and internal fittings by 2017, the centenary of the death of the tower's designer.
Apart from its important Grainger connection, water supply in Sale has been at the forefront of engineering endeavour, from the use of McComas lifts to assist watermen, to the use of artesian water as a source of supply, to the application of flexible membranes for storage.
Sale Council was the first municipality in Australia to trial artesian water as a public water supply. Its artesian well of 1880, when water rose as high as 43 feet above the surface, caused much excitement and many inquiries from water authorities Australia-wide.
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Related Published resources
- 19th Australasian engineering heritage conference: putting water to work: steam power, river navigation and water supply edited by Engineers Australia and Engineering Heritage Australia (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Engineers Australia, 2017), 536 pp. Details