‘From today, 15 million people across the South East can no longer use their hosepipe.
‘Meanwhile every single day, Thames Water wastes enough water to have a hosepipe on for more than 70 years.
‘You could have had a hosepipe on constantly since before the Queen was on the throne and you still wouldn’t have used as much as Thames Water wastes in just 24 hours.
‘Instead of spending money to fix the leaky infrastructure, they’re showering directors with eye-watering sums.
‘It’s jaw-dropping incompetence and greed.
‘Privatising water has been a disastrous failed experiment, it’s time to bring this essential natural resource back into public hands.’
GMB national secretary