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PostSubject: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:42 pm

Thanks Barry

Cheaper to pollute than improve infrastructure Evil or Very Mad 

Need those fines to be huge so is a detterant rather than a few drinks at the xmas party
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PostSubject: Re: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:15 am

Agree Dave, this is about putting the proper deterrents in place to incentivise the water companies to invest in infrastructure improvements.

Water companies are companies. They will do what it takes inside the law, and sometimes outside the law, to make a profit. There is no getting away from that. Especially as many are now at least in part owned by international investors with no interest in the UK environment.

What is needed is tougher regulation and, as Dave points out, heavier fines on water companies found to be polluting.
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PostSubject: Re: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:42 am

Definitely, the regulator of any privatised infrastructure must be tough and uncompromising, sadly successive governments have gradually let that slip and now in many areas, "soft touch" regulation has become the norm, it's become a problem everywhere, water, rail, gas, electricity, airports, also financial services.

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PostSubject: Re: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:14 am

Ed Randall wrote:
Definitely, the regulator of any privatised infrastructure must be tough and uncompromising, sadly successive governments have gradually let that slip and now in many areas, "soft touch" regulation has become the norm, it's become a problem everywhere, water, rail, gas, electricity, airports, also financial services.  

To be fair Ed, I think the rail regulator is pretty tough in terms of imposing fines for late running trains, service failures etc. The problem is that the whole industry structure is such a mess.

But in general, I think you're right, some of these regulators definitely need to turn the screws.
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PostSubject: Re: Water companies damned (yet again...! )   Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:44 pm

Another article here:
http://www.utilityweek.co.uk/news/news_story.asp?id=199033&title=Water+companies+fined+a+%27pitiful%27+%26%23163%3B3.5m+for+1%2C000+pollution+incidents

Is it possible that the general public are finally becoming aware of these problems - personally, I doubt it - but if the press keep this up we might see a change in attitudes...........
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