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3 July 2019

Nationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

An investigation into Southern Water by the industry regulator Ofwat has demanded that the company pay a 126 million penalty package, the largest it has ever imposed. The Environment Agency is now also looking into pressing criminal charges.

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8 May 2019

Water bosses plan to undermine nationalisation: no compensation for fat cats!

It is urgent that water and all utilities are fully nationalised, under democratic workers' control and management

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11 July 2018

Britain bakes as water pipelines leak

June was the driest month on record in south east and central southern England, while Scotland recorded its highest ever temperature of 33.2C in Motherwell.

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30 May 2018

England facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Nationalise water and utilities!: Serious leaks, rising domestic use, and massive consumption by an unsustainable energy sector, mean much of England could see water shortages in the coming decades, says the Environment Agency.

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3 February 2016

Zika: Another healthcare system failure

In October 2015 the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed a causal relationship between Zika and microcephaly

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20 January 2016

Water firms' 1.2bn in profit off human need

By overcharging customers, private water companies in the UK have raked in profits of over 1.2 billion over the last five years, writes Laurel Fogarty.

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6 January 2016

Renationalise the water industry

Reader's letter: When water was privatised, a lot of venture capitalists found that you can't actually run a public utility at a profit unless you dump some expensive, but vital, functions - like maintenance.

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6 November 2013

Them and Us

Wet rags: After the recent energy prices handbag fight between Labour and Tory MPs, expect a new bidding war for voters' attentions over water bills, which have soared by more than 60% over the past decade

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14 November 2012

Thames water - corruption personified

Will Hutton's forensic exposure of the mendacity, corruption and downright public deception by Thatcher's government of the mythical benefits of privatisation is a model of investigative journalism (Observer 11.11.12), writes Tony Mulhearn

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Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

9 May 2012

Water waste of money!

We are in drought. This is Thames Water's message for South East England, appearing on giant billboard images of cracked, dry earth, writes James Ivens.

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15 March 2012

Those fracking Tories

There have been protest meetings across West Sussex against the danger of Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking"). The practice has been banned in France and Bulgaria after mass protests

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5 January 2011

Private ownership, public pollution

A STUDY in the USA has found that tap water in 31 out of 35 major cities contains exceedingly high levels of chromium 6 - a highly toxic and carcinogenic substance associated with waste contamination from the heavy metals industry...

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31 March 2009

Fast News

Another fine mess THE TAKEOVER of failed Dunfermline building society by Nationwide has landed the public with a whacking 1.6 billion bill...

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10 December 2008

Water - essential of life or blue gold?

Flooding in Gloucester, photo Chris Moore

Lack of flood prevention investment by Severn Trent Water was a prime factor in the floods in Gloucestershire, photo Chris Moore

FRESH WATER IS now talked of in some business circles as 'blue gold', just as oil is called 'black gold'. In these three articles, ROGER SHRIVES draws attention to some of the issues arising from the scandalous private exploitation of water, and calls for water supplies and sewerage to be taken out of the hands of profit-making multinationals.

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3 September 2008

Water quality threat to health

FOR THE third time in three years, an outbreak of the parasite cryptosporidium has hit water supplies in Gwynedd and Anglesey, writes Iain Dalton.

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16 April 2008

Water 'regulators' hide real prices

ONE OF the many myths about privatisation is that privatised industries are 'regulated' to stop them carrying out anti-social activities...

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22 November 2007

News in brief

Unfair pack: THE GOVERNMENT has underwritten Northern Rock by billions of pounds. But up to 150,000 low income people who are owed money after last year's collapse...

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5 July 2007

Under several feet of flood water - after flood defence budget cut

ON 25 June, the equivalent of one-sixth of a year's rainfall fell on South Yorkshire in 24 hours...

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4 April 2007

British government and local parties retreat on water charges

Northern Ireland: IN A major climb down by both the British government and local parties the proposed introduction of water charges in Northern Ireland has been postponed for 12 months...

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29 March 2007

We Won't Pay anti-water charges demo 31 March

WORKERS WILL have their first chance to give their own warnings to the new Assembly on 31 March when the We Won't Pay Campaign demonstrates against water charges in Belfast...

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