Subject to the provisions, restrictions, and conditions contained in the Act, the Superintendent may exercise the following powers and may execute or cause to be executed any of the following works (that is to say):
He may without any previous agreement with the owner or occupier enter upon any lands or other places in the City of Nelson, or District of Brook Street Valley and take the levels of the same:
He may purchase and hold any lands required for the purposes of this Act;
He may from time to time sink such wells or shafts, or make, maintain, alter, or discontinue, such reservoirs, waterworks, cisterns, tanks, aqueducts, drains, cuts, sluices, pipes, culverts, engines, and other works, and erect such buildings as he shall think proper for supplying the said City with water:
He may from time to time divert, impound, and take such water as may be found in the District of Brook Street Valley aforesaid, as shall be required for the purposes of this Act, and may alter the course of any stream in the said City or District:
He may without previous payment, tender or deposit, enter upon, and use any land within the said City, or District of Brook Street Valley, for the purpose of taking any earth, stone, or clay therefrom, and he may enter upon and use any lands adjacent for making temporary roads or approaches to the works:
provided always that before he shall make such temporary use of any such lands, he shall give 10 days' notice of such his intention to the occupiers of such lands except in the case of accident to the works requiring immediate reparation:
provided also that the Superintendent shall until any land taken by him for temporary use be given up to the owner pay to the owner or occupier half yearly reasonable compensation for the use of such lands, and for any damage or injury done to the crop or to the surface of the land or otherwise, and such compensation shall, if the parties cannot agree, be settled by arbitration, in manner hereinafter provided.