When the lake and promenade were built, a gravity fed water supply was included to provide water for the Botanic Garden. Pipes carried the lake water through a valve on the Promenade and a second valve near the bywash to irrigation points listed below. It is doubtful that plans for the watering system still exist and this information has been gathered by personal communication and observation. The hydrant numbers below do not imply the water pipe routing.
|1||On westerly north-south path by middle entrance||ST 18470 79115|
|2||On westerly north-south path, 30M from middle entrance||ST 18467 79081|
|3||On westerly north-south path, 2M south of Rose Garden entrance||ST 18472 79047|
|4||On West Specie Border, 40M from southern entrance||ST 18487 79011|
|5||On east-west path, just west of the Conservatory||ST 18523 78950|
|6||East Specie Border||ST 18525 79037|
|7||Bog Garden, north of the Conservatory at approx.||ST 18549 79086|
|8||South edge of Acer Lawn||ST 18496 79141|
This water supply was used during a drought in 1955. In response to complaints that lawns and flowerbeds at Roath Park were being watered despite the drought, William Nelmes, the City Director of Parks, pointed out that the water being used was taken from the hydrants fed by Roath Park lake.
The Parks Department had a bayonet-fixing standpipe made to fit the old irrigation points in about 1990. There was a lever at the top of the standpipe, which when turned would push down on a ball within the pipe, and the water flow was controlled by the number of turns of the lever. The system was last used in a very hot summer around 1990, when the outlet near the conservatory was used to fill a large water tanker which was driven to various bowling greens in the northern part of the City. Owing to the head of water, the tanker filled very rapidly. A water extraction license was required in order to take water from the lake. At around the same time the watering system was also used to water beds in the Rose Garden.
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