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Who is getting the money from water?

Very interesting article from We Own It:

In England and Wales, every day 3.4 billion litres of water leaks from the system, almost a quarter of the entire supply. Yet shareholders were paid £1.5 billion in 2010-11 (Ofwat data obtained by the Guardian).

A Corporate Watch study has found:

A new report shows clearly how some water companies (such as Thames Water) are facing financial difficulty, because they use debt to finance themselves in a way that minimises corporation tax and maximises the return to shareholders. ('Money down the drain: Getting a better deal for consumers from the water industry', Centre Forum, July 2013.)

Research shows that water privatisation is not more efficient than public provision, and it tends to mean higher prices for consumers and/or underinvestment. 'The evidence from France and England further supports the presumption that private companies can and will find ways of driving up prices, and/or underinvesting, to obtain monopoly profits, including corruption.' ('Water Privatisation', Public Services International Research Unit, April 2008.)

What's the alternative?

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company providing water in Scotland. Since 2002, the company has invested £5.5 billion and improved nearly 5000 miles of water pipes. Over the last 9 years, leakage has been reduced by over 44%. This compares to a 5% reduction in leaks in England and Wales over the past 13 years. The average household charge was the lowest in the UK in 2012/13 at £324 or less than £1 a day. This is £52 less than the average in England and Wales and has remained the same for the fourth year running. (Read more about Scottish Water.)

What you can do

Sign the petition to end the great water ripoff!


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