Councillor Chris Jarvis, leader of the Green group on the Oxford City Council, led a call to end privatisation of water in Oxfordshire – and the Council unanimously voted in support of his motion. Chris stated that “Water privatisation is a legalised scam. While the whole tree of water privatisation is rotten, Thames Water is among the worst of the apples. Oxford City Council is right to call for water to be taken into public ownership.”
Councillor Lois Muddiman highlighted the terrible performance of Thames Water on environment and public safety, saying that “Thames Water dumped raw sewage in the rivers around Oxford, over 5,000 times last year. The vote was hailed by commentators include We Own It, the group campaigning for renewed conversations about public ownership of utilities.
Thames Water responded, acknowledging that intentional discharges of untreated sewage had been “unacceptable”, but saying that finding leaks was a priority. The Council has invited Sarah Bentley, CEO of Thames Water, to a attend a meeting with the Councillors to discuss the problems raised.
Read more in the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-64469016
UPDATE 03.04.23: “Thames Water CEO Snubs Oxford City Council Sewage Meeting”