Maintenance costs for Wellington's water pipes have jumped a massive 71% in the past three years according to a just released report.
The independent review ordered by the council also details slow response times to fix leaks and issues.
Right now 40% of the capital's drinking water is being lost to leaks.
Wellington Water wants 2.5 billion dollars over ten years to fix the pipes and the Council's faced with the challenge of funding aging infrastructure.
Mayor Tory Whanau speaks to Lisa Owen.