Water bosses bonus should be used to repair leak call
Thames Water is set to have its £2.4million executive bonus banned for failing to fix the leaks according to the West Berkshire Liberal Democrats.
They are calling on the government to ban bonuses for Thames Water after revealing they were paying ‘tempting bonuses’ to their company’s executives, despite failing to fix leaking pipes before this drought summer.
They say the water company is to blame for West Berkshire now facing the prospect of weeks of garden hose bans.
Newbury Liberal Democrat spokesman Lee Dillon said money paid in bonuses to top executives should instead be used to fix leaky pipes.
He said the bosses of England’s water companies have handed themselves almost £27million in bonuses over the past two years, despite reports they are allowing a staggering 2.4billion liters of water to leak each day.
“It’s outrageous that when thousands of people in West Berkshire look set to soon suffer from watering bans, water company bosses are rewarding themselves with these bonuses when they don’t even care to fix the leaks,” Dillon said.
“The worst thing is that ministers are letting the water companies get away with scandal after scandal and the people of our region are fed up. These are the same water companies that pollute our local rivers with filthy sewage, harming the animals and people who bathe in them.
“It’s time someone stood up to these companies and demanded action. This should start with fixing those leaks and then ending the pumping of sewage into waterways once and for all.