Time we had a better deal
IT'S interesting reading how council leader David Phillips has told the people of Swansea about the ''benefits'' of North Wales supplying Liverpool with water at a planning meeting (Post, February 26).
He may also tell us on how good a deal were getting on the sale of the water. The reality is very different. At the moment 360 million litres are taken daily from Welsh reservoirs, at the cost of 3p per cubic tonne. Yes, that's right, you did read that correctly.
A tonne equals about a thousand litres. This is sold on for an average cost 250 cubic metres for £600. This is then sold to the customer for £2.40 per tonne. A massive mark up of 8,000 per cent profit for Seven Trent Water Authority.
This is not a rant about the people of the West Midlands or Liverpool who pay a little less for the water they use than we do, but an attack on how the Labour Welsh Government is happy to perpet- uate the situation.
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After 50 years of giving water away, surely it's time to renegotiate the deal.
No doubt David Phillips is very happy, along with his Labour mates in the Assembly. After all he's an accountant.