Hastings District Council has taken a leadership role in open discussions about the future of water in its various forms, and it follows a process of evidential presentations, full and public examination of issues, and consideration of solutions and their costs. Asset management has been taken seriously over the years. The Council has made clear decisions on when and where to invest in its network and is able to plan closely (eg on the need to rectify some failing copper interconnections in its water reticulation systems). However, as the recent Havelock North drinking water issues have shown, the risk that any council faces may well be the risk it has not identified. To this end, the Council is undertaking a strategic review to identify other risks it may not have anticipated.