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The water audit experts commence a national campaign against Canal and River Trust

Author: Graham Mann, Water Audit Expert.

This story broke well before the Christmas break with thousands more businesses, local authorities and indeed any organisation that discharges rainwater into Canals and Rivers will be affected.

The Canal and River Trust have many ambitious projects to undertake over the next few years compiled with reduced government funding they need money and lots of it! Recession, What recession, we have a national asset and we shall use and abuse it, at least that is what it looks like to me.

As Water Audit Experts our firm H²O Building Services specialise in reducing water bills, we started to see new clients approaching us for help having received fee increase demands from the Trust, to be frank I was astounded at the demands, coupled with the response more or less saying if you don’t like it tough! is the feeling some of our client have reported.

I really do need to raise the profile of this issue at national level and in doing so I contacted the Coventry Telegraph who very kindly researched the facts and printed the story, you can read it here http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/13000-hike-water-bill-could-8372202

In effect the Trust claim that “the charges are fair” and “in accordance with what other water companies would charge” Not true!

In the Midlands yes, they are attempting to adopt the water companies charges for surface water discharge fees, but why Severn Trent Water’s charge scheme? Why not Thames Water’s or Bristol and Wessex Water’s? Well Severn Trent Water are one of the highest charging schemes for surface water in the UK that’s why. If they wish to adopt a water company charge scheme then they should be regulated like any other water company.

Besides as a monopoly organisation the government should regulate them anyway, doubt that will happen as HRH Prince Charles is the Patron  of the Canal and River Trust, still I shall continue the pressure on this organisation on behalf of the growing number of companies and local authorities that are receiving increases in their charges of between 1,000% – 13,000%.