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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 22, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1917 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE SEVEII Mr. Marnoch's Address to Water Supply Conference The following is ilio opening nd-dress delivered nt tlio water supply conference this morning by President Marnocli of tho Board of Trade, who la presiding. Other Important addresses aro being dollvored today nt tho conference. Mr. Marnoch's Address. Ladles and Gentlornon. Your presence nt this contoronco on Moro and Bettor Wnlor for tho Farmer is evidence In itself, that tho subject matter of our discussions today Is of far-reaching Importance. We aro not going to bo ablo today to arrlvo at final conclusions an to how more of this water Is to bo got at; but wo aro going to havo a sort of stock-taking of all tho Information that is now nvallablo, and wo aro all going to put our heads together to dovlse wnyB and means for acquiring further Information. I hopo we may bo enabled also to collect tho most of this within the covers of a booklet or bullotln, and so make all the known facts available for tho hundreds of farmers and their wives who are eagerly awaiting guidance as to how to get more and bettor water This meeting today is the outcome of enquiries which wore started by tho Board of Trade of Lcthbrldgo away Sack in the early days of 1914 Some of you may remember that in that year there was considerable excitement In Alberta over the alleged possibilities of finding oil under the foothills and tho fertile plains of our Sunny Alborta. Some of our moro enquiring souls, deslrious of informing themselves about anticlines and syncllnes, began to dig Into bulletins relating to tho oil Holds of the United States, and therein discovered that it was a regular part of the business of the U.S. geological survey and of the geological departments of tho various states, to devote attention to tho finding of underground waters for the use of farms, villages, towns and cities. We took tho matter up with the Dominion government, and wo found that absolutely no attention had boon dlrectod to assisting the farmers of Westorn Canada to find well waters. As soon, however, as tho groat need for such assistance was brought to the notice of tho permanent olllcers of tho geological survey of Canada, Mr. U. B. Dowllng and Mr. S. E. Slip-por wore dlroctod to devoto some time to the study of the question. . Air. Dowllng was able to report'as a result of his investigations during the sum mor of 1915, that a considerable area in Southern Alherta In the regions south of Lothbrldge was underlaid with a sandstono which carried water from tho Milk river at the international boundary, and that this sandstone lay at tho considorablo depth of six to eight hundred foot; but that in many placed lying lower than tho channel of tho Milk rlvor tho water rose to tho surfaco when tho sandstone was tapped by drlllod wells. I need not, however, go into any details In regard to this because Mr. Dowllng and Mr. Slipper will tell you all about it. They will also inform you of what steps they have been able to take, with funds which we were able to got the Dominion government to appropriate for the purpose, to add to tho availablo information on the subject by actually drilling further test wells. But tho greater and moro general question of how to prove up such sources of water supply as may bo moro  readily accessible at lesser depths Is still largely unsolved; and I am hopeful that today some light may bo shed on this. To show tho necessity for this I will tell you of an Incident that happen in tho Board of Trade rooms the other day. A farm er's wife came in to ask where she could get a sample of water analysed We told her the department of health at Edmonton would do that for her Sho said that last year they had some spare money for tho first time, and they thought they would try for water They drilled eighty foot and got small supply of good water; but they thought they would go deeper and try J* Remind Yourself! When in need of a new suit that we will make one to your measure. Cut ami fitted to your individual figure. Giving your appearance an individuality and character desired by men who value the importance of their personal appearance. The cost is most reasonable. Why not have a well made perfect fitting- suit? F. THAELL 608 THIRD AVENUE SOUTH MIRACLE OIL "The Gasoline Saver" A Boon to Motorists Eliminates carbon, gives more power, increases mileage, extends life of your engine. Guaranteed to give 25% more mileage; 32 oz. equal to 40 gallons of gasoline. Analysis made by Pecks of Cleveland, Ohio, guarantees absolutely no harmful results to your motor. Saves engine trouble and repair bills. For Sale CALL OR WRITE. OPEN DAY AND NIGHT Schultz & Ritchie for a bigger flow; they got tho bigger flow, but It was so unpalatable that they want to assure themselves that no harm would come to their livestock If they drank it. As sho turned to loavo sho said, " Oh well, it doosn't matter so much if It's no good; we've boon hauling our water tor six or seven years and I guess wo can go on a while longer." In Better Shape. Tho farmers In Southern Alberta aro getting Into mucli better financial shape than they used to be In; tho splendid crops of the last two years have given thnm a new outlook on life. They want to improve their houses and to acquis* conveniences for better living; they aro all needing moro water supplies, to take care of the live stock that thoy are getting In Increasing numbers. The moisture conditions those last three years havo been Ideal, and If wo could bo assured that the years to follow would toe equally kind wo might be moro complacent; but we know that dry years aro bound to come along, and wo want to make all proper preparations for having water supplies availablo. Attention must bo paid [not only to reaching underground supplies, but to the measures for reaching water In streams, lakes and coulees, so that live stock may And sanctuary In time of drouth; wo want also to ascertain what can bo done In tho way of making water diverted from our rivers availablo for domestic and stock raising purposes. All that Is cognate to these subjects will also engage your attention today. The storing of water by dams across depressions; the care of water that can easily be collected from, the roofs of houses and barns; the purifying of all water supplies, either by filtering or by distilling tho wator; piping the water Into tho house; the disposal of sewage and the protection of wator supplies-all of these matters will be under discussion. Wo aro glad to see some of our friends from our sister province of Saskatchewan here; their problems in regard to wator supply are tho same as ours, and, from tiie fact that their lands are moro closely peopled they havo had to devoto more attontlon to trying to solve these problems. Thoy will givp us their advice, and I hope they may learn something, too. I am certain that we can be assured of this-that when the minister of agriculture of Alborta places before his colleagues his report of this conference, he will be aule to assure them that there is a great bulk of valuable information available as a ground work for practical Investigation and help for the farmers of this part of our province; and 1 am sure that he will be satisfied from what you scientific gentlemen will tell us, that your great knowledge, your sympathy and your enthusiasm tot the progress of any part of our great Dominion, are fully at our disposal, and that if only reasonable means are provided, you will pursue this subject of water supply continuously until all possible avenues of progress are fully developed. ADD Marnoch address on Water sup If I may anticipate some of the good things that aro likety to come out of this conference I might say,/that there are indications that we shall hear some good news in regard to the possibility of getting the use of a boring machine which can very quickly and cheaply drill small test holes for the discovery of water, and by that means let a farmer know whether he is justified in spending money in drilling or digging for surface waters down to depths of about a hundred feet. We may also hear good news about a cheaper method of reaching Mr. Dowl-ing's artesian waters at the six and eight hundred feet depths; up till now we have thought ?4000 or $5000 was tho smallest expenditure that would get down to these depths, but we may learn that they can be reached for about ?2500. We shall also get some excellent advice about storing water in deep cisterns and about holding up the rain water from roofs. Wo shall learn just what the^ present position is in regard to Stock watering reservations along our river fronts; and also about the additional supplies of water that may be more availablo when irrigation wnter is brought along to tho 100,000 acres included in the Leth-brfdge Northern Irrigation project. There will also be some interesting Information made available In regard to easy methods of filtering water, and regarding water distilling apparatus that may be available at comparatively low cost; and also about how to make unpalatable waters drinkable and usable. In conclusion I would say that I believo our merchants here may not have been as discreet as they might have been in placing their supplies of drilling apparatus, pumping outfits, piping, sinks, banes, closets and materials for sewage disposal before our farmers and their wives. They are all able to afford these comforts now, and they aro undoubtedly open to buy them if they are brought to their no tico with anything llko tho assiduity that is displayed for instance by the automobilo agouts. CITY VULCANIZING SHOP 817 THIRD AVE. S. Pure Foo arke&s igii�n�m�BPwmM'ii.ami.'ni-.ji�ui