Whereas by an Act of the General Assembly of New Zealand intituled the Dunedin Waterworks Extension Act 1875 Amendment Act 1878 it was provided by section 4 thereof that the Corporation of any suburban borough should pay to the Corporation of the City of Dunedin (hereinafter called the said Corporation) in respect of water drawn from the Dunedin Waterworks or from any stream lawfully impounded by and transferred to the said Corporation for the purposes of the Dunedin Waterworks for the supply of the inhabitants of such suburban borough a sum not exceeding 6 pence for every 1 000 gallons of water so drawn:
And whereas by the Dunedin Waterworks Extension Act 1901 the said Corporation was empowered (subject to the conditions therein set out) to construct certain further works with the object of conducting water to a higher level than that to which it was capable of being conducted by means of the waterworks then owned by the said Corporation:
And whereas by such last-mentioned enactment the rights of boroughs under the Dunedin Waterworks Extension Act 1875 Amendment Act 1878 were preserved but were not to be deemed to extend to waterworks constructed under the provisions of the Dunedin Waterworks Extension Act 1901, or to any waterworks thereafter constructed by the said Corporation whereby water might be conducted to a higher level than that to which it was capable of being conducted by means of the waterworks then owned by the said Corporation:
And whereas the only suburban boroughs which have not now amalgamated with the said city are the Boroughs of Saint Kilda, Green Island, and West Harbour:
And whereas, in view of the magnitude of the waterworks carried out by the said Corporation and the greatly increased costs in connection therewith, it is proper and expedient that the said Corporation should be given authority to increase the rate or charges payable in respect of water supplied to the said boroughs and to review the rate or charges from time to time.