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Putting a price on our water – do we value it enough?


OPINION: Could you guess how much water you used yesterday? A hundred litres, maybe even 200? My guess is that you'd probably be way short of the mark.

New Zealanders use a staggering amount of water. On average, each of us uses between 140 and 500 litres a day. Our neighbours across the ditch also use a lot but not as much as us – state-wide data shows Australians use between 155 and 368 litres of water a day. Compare that to water-efficient countries such as Denmark, where they use less than 110 litres per person.  Read more