Posts by Alex Smethurst

The Privatisation of Water

You’d be forgiven for thinking the privatisation of water first began in 1989, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, Bristol Water has never actually been in public ownership. So, why’s that? Well, when we were established as an Act of Parliament back in 1846 (smack bang in the middle of the cholera epidemic), we…Read More

The Origins of Social Contract Theory

Introduction Our social contract reflects our purpose to have a positive impact for society in what we do, building trust beyond the delivery of pure and reliable water supplies.  But what does a ‘social contract’ mean? Where did it come from? The term ‘social contract’ may be fairly new to those of us in the…Read More