There are some big challenges
ahead for the city. A lot of building took place here in the 1950s and 1960s.
The pipes put in the ground then are starting to wear out.
That means more bursts and leaks. Leaking water pipes are often easy to see, but leaking wastewater pipes aren’t, and that can mean trouble for our streams and harbour.
Other things we need to think about are the growth we’re expecting – will we have enough water for all those new houses? And then there’s the climate change: heavy rains, higher tides; what is Wellington Water doing about that, and to help reduce carbon emissions?
To renew old pipes and put new ones in, and to improve te mana o te wai, will take a long time, and cost a lot of money. And not all of the problems are with council pipes – leaky residential pipes cause problems too.