The water sector in England and Wales moved into private ownership in 1989, with the water companies in Scotland and Northern Ireland remaining in public ownership.
- Since privatisation, water companies in England and Wales have spent around £150 billion on improvements to the industry, and they continue to spend around £8 billion a year to keep on improving.
- Compared to 30 years ago customers are 5 times less likely to suffer from supply interruptions, 8 times less likely to suffer from sewer flooding and 100 times less likely to have low water pressure.
- The water industry is committed to the very highest environmental standards. Its work has seen wildlife return to rivers that had been biologically dead since the Industrial Revolution.
- The average domestic water bill is now around £1 a day. After inflation, bills have stayed pretty much the same since 1994, and they are set to fall in real terms over the next few years.
- Water companies are subject to rigorous scrutiny by customers, independent regulators and the Government.
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