In the second part of a series on 'How your rates are spent', the Herald finds water bills and a new targeted rate are going towards some huge projects and community initiatives to improve the quality of Auckland's beaches and waterways.

The first thing to know about water is you do not pay rates to turn on the tap and flush the loo.

Most water used by households and businesses in Auckland is based on user-pays charges set by council-owned Watercare, whose job it is to provide high-quality drinking water and take it away for treatment at one of the

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