Join the SplashMob - Let's own our water

Stop sewage by taking back our water

This is a scandal. Every day, the private English water companies are dumping huge amounts of disgusting raw sewage into our rivers and seas. Privatisation has been failing since 1989.

The shareholders receive £1.6 billion a year on average - that money could be invested in water infrastructure to stop sewage. 69% of us support public ownership.

Let's make water companies work for people not profit.

Yes, I believe water should be in public ownership.

Last signature: Nic Halifax, 3 hours 21 min ago

Background information:

You don’t get any choice about the water company you use - water is a natural monopoly. Yet in England we have sold off our vital national infrastructure to profit-making companies. (In Scotland and Northern Ireland water is already in public ownership and in Wales it’s not for profit.)

Publicly owned Scottish Water spends £72 more per household per year (35% more) on infrastructure than the privatised English water companies. If England had invested at this rate, an extra £28 billion would have been spent on tackling problems like leaks and sewage.

Read more about why water belongs in public hands and how public ownership would work.

Read about why regulation isn’t the answer to the sewage crisis.