Despite positive comments from Thames Water this weekend stating that the hosepipe ban being lifted was "increasingly likely", they refused to name a date. Although we've recently seen higher than average rainfall, widespread flooding and reservoirs filled to the top, an end to the ban is still not the wisest option according to weather experts.
Water and sewerage companies in England and Wales will soon be announcing profit figures for 2007/8 but consumers, as well as shareholders, should share in their success, says the Consumer Council for Water.
The water watchdog has written to all water and sewerage companies calling for them to return value to consumers, either by keeping price increases to inflation levels or below, or providing extra investment in pipes, sewers and treatment works that will provide future consumer benefits. [read more...]