Now, the hitch is that my section has never had dwellings on it before, and, although there are service mains along the boundary, there are no laterals. They need to be built. When I approached the council about building them, they told me to hire a contractor and build them at my own cost. Their contractor (Downer) will only then inspect the completed work.
To get a sense of proportion, how far from your boundary is the main? Conceivably you could be arguing over 1 - 2m of pipe.
The Wellington cases that have prompted the Council to consider contributing to lateral repairs involved mains across the street from the property. The minute the road gets blocked you can add 50% to costs with Traffic Management.