I submitted an e-Petition a week ago with regards the waste of water from leaks by the major water companies in the South East. This was in response to the news that members of the public would be fined £1,000 if they washed their cars, watered their plants or cleaned their windows. Oddly, the fact that over 1 billion litres of drinking water is lost due to leaks doesn’t appear to warrant criticism from this Government.
So I put forward this proposal.
Make water companies fix leaks or face massive fines
Everyday over 1 billion litres of drinking water are lost due to leaks in the system that it is cheaper for water companies to not fix and pay a nominally low fine instead.
I propose that a £1 per litre leak charge be levied against the greatest offenders to make it uneconomic for them to NOT fix the leaks.
In order to facilitate the renewal process; I suggest that the Government establish an ultra-low rate infrastructure loan system to allow companies to afford the huge investment.
I figured that was pretty balanced. You had the big stick to make them do it and then an easy payment option to facilitate the process.
But the e-petition was rejected… the reason for the rejection are;
- contain information which may be protected by an injunction or court order (NOPE)
- contain material that is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive or which may cause personal distress or loss (NOPE)
- include the names of individuals if they have been accused of a crime or information that may identify them (NOPE)
- include the names of individual officials who work for public bodies, unless they are part of the senior management of those organisations (NOPE)
- include the names of family members of elected representatives, eg MPs, or officials who work for public bodies (NOPE)
In fact, I meet NONE of the criteria laid down for a rejection. Unless it’s the idea that my e-petition “may cause personal distress” to the management. To such companies as;
Thames Water: Who in 2009-2010 allowed 670 MILLION litres of water to leak out of their pipes every single day. It made £331 million pure profit that year. It’s now telling it’s customers that they are in drought conditions and they will face £1,000 fines.
Southern Water: Who in 2011 managed to loose 92 MILLION litres of water per day, 11% more than the previous year (OFWAT). They will make an estimated £191.5 million profit for 2011. They are telling their customers they are in a drought.
Anglian Water: Who in 2011 manage leaked 230 MILLION litres of water per day. 8% more on last year. It’s introduced a hosepipe ban. They are expected to make a £447.3 million profit for 2011.
The bottom line is that essentially a lot of very powerful people run these corporations and they don’t give a crap about you. They don’t give a flying fig. Because depending you where you live, they have an absolute monopoly. Are you going to pipe water in from Lancashire to Norfolk? I don’t think so.
Best of all, they can now use “climate change” as a convenient excuse for a lack of water, when in reality they’ve lost over 300 billion litres of drinking water in a single year.
To put that into perspective. That’s what Coca-Cola claims it used to produce ALL of it’s products in the ENTIRE WORLD for a YEAR. And people dare suggest Coca-Cola is bad for the environment.
Of course, nobody in politics has the balls to stand up to these guys. What was it George Carlin once said? “Elections are put in place to give people the illusion of freedom of choice.”