Report on UK Water industry shows that 25 years after privatisation problems and questions are mounting

(26 April 2013) Water privatisation is on the agenda in many European countries now austerity policies are imposed and governments are scrambling to find money.  Water privatisation is hotly contested. It was the first defeat for Thatcher as initial proposals run into very broad opposition. International evidence of PSIRU ( has demonstrated the experience across the global with privatisation and concession of water services with many countries and municipalities reversing their decisions to allow this industry to operate in the hands of private companies.  The myth that privatisation of water services brings more efficiency and effectiveness has been demonstrated to be a false claim.

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