CUSTOMERS of Southern Water are set to demonstrate outside its headquarters tomorrow (Saturday).

Demonstrators will be calling for England’s water to be brought into public ownership, arguing that 'time’s up' on water privatisation.

The demonstration comes after the news last month that Southern Water had been forced to pay £126 million for spilling wastewater into the environment, and deliberately misreporting its performance.

The demonstration is part of a national day of action called by We Own It ­— the campaign for public ownership of public services.

Similar demonstrations will be taking place at other water company headquarters across England.

We Own It argues that bringing England’s water companies into public ownership would save more than £2 billion every year, and save people around £100 a year on bills.

Speaking on the demonstrations, We Own It campaigns officer, Ellen Lees, said: "The story of water privatisation is a story of failure.

"We’ve had thirty years of rising bills, shareholders and chief executives pocketing millions, and private companies failing to fix leaks in the system.

"The public are absolutely clear ­— 83 per cent of us want to see water in public ownership."

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