Former Welsh Water boss backs selling water ‘like oil’ to England

A former chairman of Welsh Water has added his voice to those calling for Wales to sell water to England.

John Elfed Jones told the BBC water should be treated like oil and sold for profit, echoing recent statements from Plaid Cymru politicians.

Jones, who saw the Welsh Water Authority through privatisation in 1989, blamed a lack of energy and vision for leading the sector into difficulties.

 Welsh Water maintained that selling water would be too expensive and impractical. Wales does not currently have excess resources and there would need to be significant investment in reservoirs to put it in a position to trade.

 One option would be to raise the level of Craig Goch dam in Elan Valley, which feeds an aqueduct leading to Birmingham.

 Jones’s remarks came as Midlands-based firm Severn Trent reiterated its intention to transfer 30 megalitres a day to drought-hit Anglian Water.

 If carried out the proposal, to direct resources from Birmingham to Newark through the rivers Tame and Trent, would be the first emergency trade between companies.

 The deal could go ahead in May or June, subject to approval from the Environment Agency.

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