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WATER SCHEME. THE BARBALIN PROJECT. Capital Cost £301,475. In the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday the Minister for Water Supplies (Mr Hawke) told Mr Leslie (C and D League, Mt Marshall) that the capital expenditure on the Bar balin water scheme to June 30 last was £301,476. The Barbalin water supply was not a separate undertak ing under the Water Supply, Sewer age and Drainage Act and the Tres sury therefore did not require pro vision in the departmental accounts for interest or sinking fund charges. The annual interest charge at 5 per cent per annum on capital ex penditure would amount to £15,074 and sinking fund at 1 per cent to £3,015. The area covered by reticula tion was approximately 500,000 acres. Of these 314,000 acres were now rated as being within the pre scribed distance from the water mains. Abandoned farms mortaged to the Agricultural Bank were tem porarily exempted from rating. Maintenance and operating ex penses for the year ended June 30 were £4,148 and bad debts written off during the year £1,598. Water rates levied for the same year amounted to £9,310. This figure in cluded rates on townsite properties as well as country lands and in cluded holding fees.

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