Demand the Nationalisation of Water

“Access to a secure, safe and sufficient source of fresh water is a fundamental   requirement for the survival, well-being and socio-economic development of   all humanity. ”
 Kofi Annan,

Since 1989 the year of privatisation water bills have gone up by 40 per cent!

Not so long ago when our water was nationalised, controlled and distributed by councils and government departments our water bills were very modest indeed, few people worried about receiving them, few were unable to pay them and no one was cut off. After privatisation these bills escalated substantially. Along with privatisation came water metres for many people, bringing with it the need to carefully watch usage of water and while I don’t for one minutes suggest it is okay to waste water, in a country such as the UK there should be no anxiety about using water or going without water as a result of concern that you cannot pay the extortionate bill, the profit from which lines the pockets of greedy private water firms whose share holders make billions  from this life giving, life enhancing precious resource without which none of us can live. To make matter worse you have no say in who supplies your water, you have to go with whatever water company supplies the water to your locality so there is no competition that would help keep prices down, so basically they can charge what the hell the like.

Please read more and sign the following petition and demand that our water supply is nationalised.

“Our household bills are rising — while greedy private water firms are making billions for their shareholders and executives from our public service! And receiving more money in tax breaks than they’ve paid in tax.

If our water industry was publicly owned, the money currently going to private shareholders could be reinvested into making our water infrastructure better, or passed back to customers in reduced bills.”

A whopping £13.5bn has been paid out to shareholders in dividends since 2010. At the same time as greedy private firms have claimed huge tax breaks and forced up prices for millions of customers. Since the water industry was privatised in 1989, water bills have risen in real terms by 40%.”

There are many things that in no circumstance should be sold for profit, such as food, shelter, medical care and water, all vital to life, health and well being. No one has the right to monopolize these vital resources upon which life depends and distribute them for a profit, it is highly immoral.

If our water industry was nationalised, the nearly 14.billion profit paid out to greedy shareholders could be used instead to improve water services, and reduce prices for everyone. As before privatisation it would be run by councils and government departments and as such it is would our elected representatives who would be accountable to voters to keep prices down and make sure the service runs well.

 

 

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