Story: Sewage, water and waste

Artesian well (2nd of 3)

Artesian well

McClure and Clemence were deep-well sinkers operating in Christchurch around 1920. The river gravels beneath the city contain aquifers in layers of porous gravels. In places the water is under pressure and will naturally flow to the surface if a well is sunk – as is illustrated by this gushing well.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. M. Marks Collection (PAColl-1629)
Reference: 1/1-000456; G
Photograph by J. M. Marks

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Water supply', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010