| April 1, 2012: Due to the drought occurring in the South East, S.W.W. have been approached by the consultants IHC, to supply London and the home counties with additional water supplies. The plan, organised by the consultants is to transport the excess water from this area into The Thames at Ashton Keynes by the use of existing waterways and pipes . The proposal indicates that the main problem is a tunnel that will need to be built under the River Severn. When questioned why, the consultants replied the system needs to incorporate a syphoning action to keep the water pressure constant in order to keep the capital with much needed water. The consultants said this was a “win win” situation as the West Country would get lower water bills and the South East would also benefit from a constant supply.
When the water company was approached and asked what the consultants were charging for their expertise, the reply was that that it was “commercially sensitive information”. Our reporter then pointed out that they were a “privatised monopoly” and that information should be in the public domain. At which point the spokesman walked off saying “we are a private company and our profits go to our shareholders.”