Sly water suppliers dropping pressure and busting our boilers?
How could any of us ever have a gripe with our water suppliers? They bring us fresh water to our taps for a tiny outlay, their customer service relationships are on par with that between a mother and her child and they maintain their network of pipes to such a level that there is never any waste or needless spillage.
But there are rumblings of discontent. Water watchdog Ofwat are looking into complaints that some suppliers are dropping the pressure without informing customers, action that could be leading to needless cases of boiler-knack.
While Ofwat have conceded that many suppliers inform customers when pressure is due to drop, there is no obligation on them to do say, and complaints to Ofwat about pressure levels have risen dramatically.
The water suppliers made a collective profit of over £1.1 billion between them last year, yet they are regularly heard to complain about the 150-year-old pipe network that carries their delicious, refreshing product.
Did you know that you can claim a £25 refund from your supplier if the water pressure doesn’t come up to scratch?
Test your water pressure by seeing if you can fill a gallon bucket in 30 seconds from a ground floor tap. If the pressure falls below that level for more than an hour on two occasions in a month, you’re entitled to a £25 refund.
How’s your water then, dear Bitterwallet reader? Does it flow freely or do you find yourself regularly punching the crap out of your pipes? And how long must we wait before the raisin taps (pictured) that were promised to us will arrive? They WERE promised to us weren't they?