Currently the UK’s largest water supplier (as well as being the biggest wastewater servicer), Thames Water is one of the country’s most important utilities providers.
Previously owned by RWE (who are currently in charge of Npower), Kemble Water currently have the majority stake in the business, with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, BT and China Investment Corporation also responsible for large chunks of their shares.
One common myth circulating is about where they source their water from – despite being called Thames Water, they don’t take any of their supplies from the River Thames (instead, their water is largely taken from other freshwater rivers).
However, the majority of their business is based in and around the Greater London area – something which dates back to pre-privatisation, when it was merely an authority responsible for the water supplies of the area surrounding the River Thames.
Despite being one of the most trusted brands in water, the company has also had its fair share of controversy – being named at the most fined company in the industry for pollution in the period between 2005 and 2013. They have also not been immune from public backlashes in regards to rising utilities costs at a time when many households are feeling the squeeze of austerity.