Thames? Whose Thames?

Like all monopoly interests the water industry treats it’s customers – that is the entire population of Britain – with arrogance and disdain. Not only do they not care what the people of Britain think or say they come out with comments which are contemptible to say the least.

Quote from Richard Aylard.   Thames Water.

“A couple of wet weeks was not enough to reverse record dry conditions seen in the region in the past two years”.

Look out of the window Mr Aylard doesn’t your statement seem just a little bit crass? There is your raw material falling out of the sky, free and gratis. You do not have to pay for any of it.  When we have a dry spell what action do you take? restriction! You cut the usage, impose hose pipe bans, put standpipe’s in the streets. But what do you invest to increase capacity of supply, do you build new reservoirs? No of course not, better to drain them and sell the land for housing.  Increase underground storage? No Way!  How about stopping the leaks from your distribution system? Hundreds of Millions of gallons soak away into the ground every day because you do not maintain it properly and what does OFFWAT do to regulate this monopoly industry? very little.  The same people all living in one another’s pockets.

So here is a suggestion.  For every hundred gallons of water that is lost £1.00 is taken from the salary of all the Directors of water companies, I am sure that would speed up maintenance.

If water companies know that the water supply is liable to disruption and slowdown, then they need to invest in new supplies. What about a desalinization plant to meet the ever-growing demand in the Southeast, where dryer conditions are becoming a regular feature or at the very least pipelines to bring water into the region.

If water companies cannot carry out the job for which they are making a huge profit, then perhaps it is time to return them to public ownership.  All those profits could be invested in the future availability of water rather than making  fat cats fatter.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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