FROM THE EDITOR
It seems pretty straightforward really - if you want to take water and bottle it then you should pay for it.
The issue has raised its head again last week with NZ Pure Blue Ltd asking to take almost 7million litres a day of Blue Springs water.
They want to bottle it and send it overseas and make money out of it.
Most of us take water for granted - it is usually freely available and is often used for commercial gain. Our country is fuelled by free water.
Farmers do it all the time with the water from the sky and the rivers and under the ground.
If you are trading on the reputation of a particular spot though, I think it is slightly different. There should be some compulsion - legal or just good business - to look after and protect the asset you are trading on.
Our area needs jobs and new businesses and a reputation for clean water. All those things need to be protected.