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The Gore District Council estimates up to 50% of water in its network has been lost through leaks during winter. AMANDA CARRINGTON asked two people how important it was for them that the council fix the water leaks, and how much difference they thought it would make to summer water restrictions.

Sonny Mercer, of Gore . . .
‘‘I think they’re replacing lines around here to stop leaks. It’s not like they’re not doing anything about it. Plenty of difference.’’
Tina Morris and son Jake Mercer (2), of Gore . . .
‘‘We lived in Perth two years ago and they make you pay for your water. We have to be conscientious now, so it will make a huge difference.’’