Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

21st June 2006


Green MEP Brands Thames Water Failure As 'Shameful'

As Thames Water announces today that it has missed its leakage reduction target for the third year running London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert, has branded the failure as 'shameful'.

Today Jean, who has encouraged everyone to save water wherever possible, commented; "People across London have really been doing their best to save water by adhering to hose pipe bans and making changes to their life style that have made a big difference. Thames Water's failure to meet leakage targets simply undermines this and is completely disheartening for those that are trying.

"We can see activity across the Capital where Thames Water are updating the Victorian water system but with the threat of a drought order hanging over London it all seems to have come a little too late. With a 31% rise in their pre tax profits to £346.5m I hope we will see more investment in our water system and not the pockets of Thames Water Directors."


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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.