The Water Guy: Boris Johnson fights another government revolt on water usage

Breaking news Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is facing a government revolt on proposed curbs on foreign water use in England. The Sunday Times reports that almost 10 percent of Johnson’s fellow cabinet ministers want…

The Water Guy: Boris Johnson fights another government revolt on water usage

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is facing a government revolt on proposed curbs on foreign water use in England.

The Sunday Times reports that almost 10 percent of Johnson’s fellow cabinet ministers want to block new limits on small domestic water users, and a number of those ministers are unhappy with a recent interview in which Johnson called for the curb.

They object to Johnson’s suggestion that small water companies in England could still charge users twice as much as larger firms. Smaller companies lose their water concession at the end of their contract unless they stump up more cash to subsidize the difference, and it has been estimated that costs add $8 billion a year to water bills.

They also are critical of the media coverage given to the issue: Conservative MPs suspect Johnson is using it to push for his own plans for a slimmer UK international aid budget.

Johnson’s plans for a wider clampdown on water usage come after the World Bank warned that water companies in the UK face “financial difficulties” caused by their use of revenues generated by higher tariffs on customers.

A Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson defended the plan, saying: “There are 5.1 million customers who use less than 400 litres per day and the government expects those customers to pay their fair share. We have a long-standing record of controlling charges and are also committed to prioritizing their affordability.”

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