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Charge applied to popular freshwater well

Isobel Prasad

People cashing in on the free service have forced the operator's hand.

The operator of a popular central city well providing chlorine-free water says he will apply a charge on the service he provides.

Duncan Laing, who owns Lotus Spa, had provided fresh water for eight years after the 2010 earthquake.

A donation was previously accepted from users of the well.

However, opportunistic individuals were taking and selling the water for a profit.

About 2000 litres of water was taken from the well in one night; a major contributor to the decision to charge. 

Users will be charged 25 cents for every litre after the first, which will remain free.