I remembered I had posted about the Water companies back in 2012.
I was reminded of this because I discovered that my parents’ home in London Borough of Bexley is currently being ‘upgraded’ to a new water meter and a lady from some charity contracted to Thames Water was explaining to them about water saving strategies and handing out bits and bobs ‘to make savings’, including a ‘four minute shower timer’. Now, according to the SEW strategy, there is an objective to install water meters into 90% of homes by 2020, so this is strategy in action. According to the lady, borough by borough Thames Water will pursue this strategy – presently in Bexley, then perhaps Greenwich, and after that may be somewhere in the SW of London. The SEW strategy was published in 2012 following the ‘drought’. Drought then, then flooding now. Hardly a consistent weather pattern, but as the lady was at pains to explain, there are more water users in the South East. Hardly a surprise, given the drive to build and build and build new houses in the South East. What did the planners expect? If you have more users than resources to service them, you cannot be surprised at the outcome. Boris Johnson’s strategy for 2020 expects 10 million people to be living in London by then. The strategy does not make any mention of infrastructure. Its not as simple as just building rabbit hutches. What about their demand for water? And sewerage. And power? Never mind jobs, schools, doctors, dentists, hospitals to name just some essential services. Thames Water’s Super Sewer kicked up a stink. The BBC news channel has discussed this issue back in September 2013. The capital just cannot support more residents. Its like a house of cards ready to collapse. I am sure the Boris Johnson is rubbing his hands at the thought of all the extra council tax from these new build residences, but even a non-economist can see that the figures just don’t stack up.
- Water, water, every where,
- Nor any drop to drink.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner sums up winter 2014.