Now we know what we always suspected: privatised water companies care more about profits than they do about conserving water.
There we are as individual householders doing our best to save hundreds of litres of water: my three water butts hold just over 200 litres each. At the same time the water companies are losing 3.4 billion litres a day, about a quarter of all water supplied. Southern Water, which covers the area where I live, is the worst sinner. It missed its latest leakage target by 16% and will now be allowed to INCREASE leakage by 6% by 2015.
For more information see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/07/water-companies-cut-leaks-2015-drought
I can’t think of a better argument for taking our water supply back into public ownership – or even collective ownership in a social enterprise cooperative.