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