If you're charged with delivering the most precious commodity to your community, then you have to make sure that water is getting there all day, every day.

Obviously, getting water to a broad range of users 24/7, carries a major cost.

In pure accounting terms the city's water infrastructure – that's the bores, the pumps, reservoirs and myriad kilometres of underground pipes – have a current book value of just over $79 million. Replacement costs are estimated at $153.5m. This makes something most of us take for granted a big ticket item.

Whanganui has the usual mix of households, commercial

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