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Author
Synan, Peter
Title
Public water supply, Sale, Victoria - an historian's perspective
In
19th Australasian engineering heritage conference: putting water to work: steam power, river navigation and water supply
Editors
Engineers Australia and Engineering Heritage Australia
Imprint
Engineering Heritage Australia, Barton, A.C.T., 2017, pp. 466-477
ISBN/ISSN
9781922107923
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=385341236626297;res=IELENG
Subject
History of Applied Sciences Engineering and Technology
Abstract

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.

Source
cohn 2018

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