Fight to charge water bottlers heats up

Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.

With less than 90 days remaining before polling day, it looks as if water pricing could blow up as a key election issue.

In June, bottling company New Zealand Pure Blue Limited applied for the rights to take 6.9 million litres of water per day from the Waihou River's Blue Spring near Putaruru, South Waikato. See more