28 June 2019
Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher privatised water in England and Wales. Since then, we've seen shareholders of private water companies siphoning off billions of pounds, and CEOs pocketing millions.
Meanwhile, six of our privatised water companies have been found to be avoiding millions in tax.
This is a legalised scam. This money comes straight from our bills, which have risen by a staggering 40% in real terms.
To make matters worse, these companies haven't been putting money into the water system either. Research has shown that privatisation leads to systemic underinvestment.
The recent scandal of Southern Water - which was given a hefty £126m fine for polluting our environment and covering it up for seven years - was due to a failure to invest. Southern Water had failed to maintain equipment, leading to wastewater spills, and sewage pumping into the environment.
Thirty years of privatisation is thirty years too long. Enough is enough. It's time to bring water into public ownership.
To mark water privatisation's thirty year anniversary, we're letting the water companies know that their time is up. We're going to be taking them back and we're handing them their notice.
On Saturday 6 July, at 12 midday, there will be actions outside most of the main nine water company HQs in England. Local residents will be telling the water companies their gravy train is over, and making a splash in the local press.
This won't happen without you. We really need your help.
Join your local action, invite your friends and spread the word!: