The privatised water firms’ latest scam: cut off your supply

Clean water: only a few days ago, this site stated: “Enjoy the photograph. Soon the only clean water you’ll see will be in images like this.” How true that was.

This is a sick joke:

Much of England is at risk of severe water stress by the 2030s if action is not taken to improve consumption and efficiency, new analysis has shown.

Data from water companies and the Environment Agency suggests that 12 out of 17 English regions will face severe water stress in the next two decades.

This includes almost the entirety of the South of England and the Midlands with demand expected to exceed supply.

At the moment, no region in England currently faces water stress

Oh no?

People in West Sussex might disagree with that. Read this:

Hundreds of Southern Water customers across Horsham and Chichester Districts were left with ‘no water’ following a ‘failure’ at one of the company’s supply works on Sunday, May 14.

Southern Water said the issue was caused by a failure at Hardham Water Supply Works.

So it seems Southern Water has not been efficient and its service failed as a result.

Is this a result of the long-term, profit-driven under-investment in the water supply infrastructure that people like Feargal Sharkey have been highlighting – with increasing success – over the last few (let’s be honest) decades?

There is no incentive that can induce the water companies to improve their infrastructure – either for supply or for the processing of raw sewage. Regarding the latter, we know these firms are happy to pay millions of pounds in fines while paying tens of millions to their shareholders:

The only answer is to re-nationalise. The public purse is paying for “sticking-plaster” repairs to the damage anyway.

There’s just one problem:

Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have any intention to allow the water companies to be brought back into public ownership.

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1 thought on “The privatised water firms’ latest scam: cut off your supply

  1. Grey Swans

    The only way to get all water companies nationalised and ending raw sewage pollution, is through a new party with the Grey Vote policies all other parties lack, to gain the vital Grey Voter, who are the majority of voters for any and all parties.

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