Thames water found itself in familiar territory yesterday after being criticised for high prices and leaking pipes in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, the Guardian has learned.
Thames is trying to sell one of its most controversial assets, in eastern Jakarta. The utility, which is under fire in the UK for raising prices despite a high rate of leaks, was criticised by Indonesia's regulator and water authority over concerns about the proposed buyer of its 95% stake in PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ). Thames signed a deal worth tens of millions of pounds last week to sell its stake in TPJ; the 5% owned by its local subsidiary, PT Terra Metta Phora, and debts.- Guardian
Carpets of toxic blue-green algae, some of which can kill dogs within half an hour, are now blanketing many ponds, canals and other shallow water courses as the drought expands across Britain. According to the Environment Agency, the effects of the drought can now be seen right across the UK, with more than 100 instances of algal blooms and fish suffocation reported in the past few weeks. Warm, shallow water holds less oxygen, leaving fish vulnerable to stress, suffocation and disease Guardian
The worst drought in 30 years is having a devastating impact on the environment, a Government watchdog warned yesterday. Fish are dying, rivers are shrinking and trees are shedding their leaves following two dry winters and one of the longest spells of below average rainfall in 100 years, the Environment Agency said. To illustrate its concerns, the Agency published a map showing that the environmental damage was not confined to the south east which is facing the possibility of the worst draught in a century Telegraph