Found 29th Jul 2007
Consumers have been warned that there could be a huge hike in water bills to cover the cost of improving flood defences.

Baroness Young, the head of the Environment Agency, said millions of pounds must be spent on improving drainage and protecting infrastructure, such as electricity substations and water plants.

She said: 'Bills are going to have to go up, both because of drought and floods. You either pay upstream to prevent, or you pay downstream to mop up but you've got to pay, climate change is coming home to roost.'

National Consumer Council for Water are seeking assurances from water companies to ensure that they are spending money wisely.

Chief Executive, Tony Smith, said: 'Firstly, we want to press the water companies and Ofwat to ensure that the huge amount that has been spent on maintenance already - that customers are paying for - has been spent in a useful way and delivered the right protection for customers.

'Looking forward, the question is what more if anything needs to be done to protect ourselves from future flooding and climate change. What is the bill associated with that, the price tag? And what benefits are the customers going to get?

Mr Smith added: 'Customers should only be paying for things relating directly to the water and sewage system and not to general flooding.'

More heavy rain is forecast for some of the regions hit by the recent floods. Persistent downpours are expected across south Wales and into England throughout the weekend.

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Let them try, there will be a revolt :thumbsup:

Well the money has to come from somewhere and it'll be from taxes regardless.

Iom-RF

Well the money has to come from somewhere and it'll be from taxes … Well the money has to come from somewhere and it'll be from taxes regardless.

Shareholders profit's would be a good place to start instead of poor old everyone else. It's not our fault they have been reaping profits for so many years and have failed to invest said profits in what they knew/kwow to be antiquated Victorian sewage and pipework. As good as they are, and they have stood the test of time they should have been more proactive on that score at the very least.
Inadequate sewarage amongst other things have caused this.
Don't get me started on this and the Olympics :w00t:

Water companies can only raise prices every five years with goverment approval.
This is another journalist trying to invent a story.

It doesn't always work though - something near me that was made to try to avoid flooding actually made it worse than before!

Not just climate coming home to roost but the privatisation of the utility companies too. They will continue to make a huge profit while charging us a fortune.

There's no guarantee that these floods will happen again. I agree we should be looking to improve the defences against flooding for people but the people that live in those areas should pay, not the rest of us.

Mattitude

It doesn't always work though - something near me that was made to try to … It doesn't always work though - something near me that was made to try to avoid flooding actually made it worse than before!



Yep, All they do is channel the flood elsewhere that doesn't have flood protection......

Finally living in milton keynes has some benifits, apparently we have the 2nd best flood defences in the country (thames barrier being No1)

I suppose the water has a hard time getting past all those concrete cows

Iom-RF

Well the money has to come from somewhere and it'll be from taxes … Well the money has to come from somewhere and it'll be from taxes regardless.


Spot on Iom.......
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