I’ve been trying to work out whether we could set up our own water company in Wye.

The idea would be that we’d get permission to sink a few boreholes in the chalk below the Crown, obtain drinking water permits from the Drinking Water Inspectorate, remove ourselves from the water grid, and pay bills to a local company rather than to South-East Water.

Does that sound a bit fanciful? Perhaps it does.

But consider this. 100 years ago this village had over 50 wells in private gardens. There was also a public well outside the Methodist Church. No-one paid any water bills at all.

Then came mains water. Then privatisation of the water companies. And now South-East water (who control our supply) is owned by an Australian investment fund called Hastings Fund Management Ltd.

So the steady increase in water charges over the past few years (3% increase this year) is, it seems, going to pay Australian pensions.

That doesn’t seem quite right to me.

So I’ve started studying the borehole map of the area (see above). If you want to study it yourself, you can find it here. (Click on ‘go to location’).

Anyone got a large corkscrew?

(There’s been plenty in the press about foreign ownership of water companies and related tax avoidance recently – but not focused on South-East Water which is actually less controversial than most.)

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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