Fresh from her meeting with Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, Wellington City Mayor Tory Whanau says she is eager to work with central government and others to fix the local water woes.
This looks likely to include putting any number of big-ticket items on hold, possibly for quite a long time.
Among those with a particular interest in how this might best be achieved is Dame Kerry Prendergast.
In addition to being a former three-term mayor herself, she has been a big champion of the earthquake strengthening of the old Town Hall, one of the projects which could now be put on pause.
Dame Kerry spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.