But in recent years the problem has worsened. Now the capital is losing 45 percent of its water supply to leaks.
That’s why the Local Government Minister Simeon Brown met with Mayor Tory Whanau on Monday.
Afterwards, Whanau admitted some projects may have to be paused so the council can give Wellington Water the money it’s seeking to fix the leaks.
“I agree with the current mayor that there are some projects that need to go on the backburner,” Dame Kerry told Newshub.
But she’s worried that’ll mean shelving the beleaguered Wellington Town Hall project.
Earthquake strengthening work was due to be completed last year, but due to several setbacks, that’s been pushed out to 2027.
By then it’s estimated to have a price tag of $329 million.
“The difference between doing that and finishing it is $20 million so my view is the Town Hall, which is a category 1 listed building, should be completed,” Dame Kerry said.