Saturday 3 August 2019 / 12:38 PM Environment / Luke Pollard / Water / Water Industry

Our rivers not safe for swimming shows need for public ownership of water – Luke Pollard

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Water Minister, responding to reports that no river in England is certified as safe for swimmers, said:

“Over the last ten years, we’ve seen £18 billion taken out of our water infrastructure, and put into profits for the water companies and their shareholders. Now that it’s confirmed that not a single river in the country is safe for swimming, it’s clear that water companies aren’t taking their responsibilities to safeguard our waterways seriously.

“Our rivers should be there for all of us to enjoy, but now they’re not even meeting the minimum safety standards. This, coupled with the news last month of a rise in serious pollution incidents, shows our current system isn’t working.

“We need to take our water into public ownership, so we can not only get bills down, but also protect our environment.”