Years down the road householders and businesses are faced with ever increasing water costs as share-holders and CEOs get rich.
Across the sea in Ireland IMF demanded austerity measures have resulted in a tax on tap water and Saturday protesters were on the streets again.
Running water was free in Ireland, unlike in England, until the financial meltdown of 2008 left the Irish government looking at slashing services in order to balance budgets and appease the EU who provided a bail-out.
Raising money from water charges was a condition imposed on Ireland by the EU-IMF-ECB troika as part of the country's bailout in 2010 following economic collapse.
The shameless bureaucrats of the EU have wasted money on a new expensive ECB building in Germany but are always happy to screw the people and hold the Irish people to ransom with their water supply.
In Ireland many people are angry that they will now have to pay for running water and protests continue. According to BBC News "Bills will range from 176 euros (£137) a year for a single-person household to nearly 500 euros (£389) for a family of four adults." It may be worth pointing out that in Yorkshire this pensioner and her husband, who occupy a small three bed-roomed property, pay almost £500 a year and that figure would be the same for a one or four person household.
And of course once people in Ireland surrender and begin paying for water the bills will increase year on year.
But one important point in Ireland is that for many the drinking water is not fit for human consumption and has to be boiled first; unbelievably those affected have been offered a discount but are still expected to pay up.
Sales of bottled water in Ireland are up and so someone somewhere along the line is making money out of the Irish water crisis.
In England there is also an option of water meters and new builds include them; some older properties are not suitable for conversion to meters. Metering water can help protect water supplies but can have a detrimental effect on poor households.
But across the world in Sudan fierce fighting has displaced millions and charities are struggling to ease the escalating crisis. People here have no water supplies or food.
Help is urgently needed to provide food, water and sanitation. If you would like to donate follow this link to Oxfam.
On World Water Day 2015 the conclusion is that water is a precious commodity which should be available for all.
Any decent society should want to provide clean running water to its people and not make money out of doing so.
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