World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
It is the same day, 22 March that Thames Water were fined for pumping over a billion litres of untreated sewage in the River Thames. Judge Francis Sheridan said "It should not be cheaper to offend than to take appropriate precautions."
£1.40 a litre to pour excrement in our River. Perhaps the Kuwait investment company and the Canadian pension company that own Thames Water will take a more ethical approach than the Australian asset strippers did? Will we be able to contact The Kuwait Investment Authority easily?
Longridge Canoe Club have been adversely affected by the pollution. As a racing club it is not uncommon for paddlers to capsize and then to become ill. Thames Water have visited our site and talked to us about our concerns.