Water isn't as free and abundant as you might think.
In New Zealand, we're surrounded by water. It's easy to think of it as a free resource - one that will never run out. But that isn't entirely the case. Increasingly, towns and cities are facing water shortages. Some will have to invest in costly new infrastructure in coming years to ensure that supply can keep up with demand.
Already, many New Zealanders pay directly for the water they use. That trend is set to continue. The good news is that reducing your demand for water can be simple. Something as basic as fixing a leaky tap can make a difference. The costs of reducing water use can be minimal, yet the benefits are significant.