UK: A survey of British Water members on the Labour Party’s plan to renationalize the water industry shows that a majority believe it will negatively impact the supply chain and customers.
A similar number, 66% believe that standards of service would be reduced or significantly reduced, but only 39% believe that water quality at the tap would be reduced. Some 40% of British Water’s 200+ member companies responded, with some 55% saying they believed their business’ turnover and profitability would be reduced or significantly reduced.
One respondent said, “I think there would be a lack of investment followed by a deterioration in assets and environmental performance. I think that drinking water standards would be maintained by hook or by crook.” Another said it would be useful to consider other models such as not-for-profit DŵrCymru Welsh Water.
Shadow chancellor of the
British Water UK Director Paul
“While less than 40% believe water quality into people’s homes would be affected, a majority of our members have expressed concern about the impact on their businesses, jobs and levels of investment.”
Of the 40% of British Water member companies that responded, 37% were consultants, 30% were contractors, 29% were manufacturers and suppliers, and 4% were water utilities.
British Water is the lead association for companies operating in the UK water industry supply chain. The survey was conducted by British Water to obtain the views of its members regarding the Labour Party’s proposal to renationalize water companies in England and Wales, most of which were privatized in 1989.
British Water is the lead representative and business development organization for the UK water industry supply chain.
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