The Timaru Borough Race only had one raceman who lived in a cottage up in the downlands about halfway along the race, in Adair Road and the flow was not controlled at the intake, consequently the race will have often delivered more water than was needed (at least in its early years as the township population was growing)
Good provision had to be made to divert excess water and these structures (which appear to be original ie 1880s) will have been used by the Borough (water supply staff) to divert overflow into a nearby creek or off towards town (straight through after screening) to??? maybe some pasturelands irrigation - as I say not fully researched!
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Photo taken in Centennial Park, Otipua Creek 7974, New Zealand
Misplaced? Suggest new location