The Globalisation Institute says:
Water companies are privately-owned in the UK like many countries. Before water privatization, there was massive underinvestment and Britain's water was failing meet the stringent European Union requirements. Now, water quality is significantly higher and the water industry is much more accountable than it was under state-ownership.Wrong. In Scotland water is still state owned. And there is still massive underinvestment. And no doubt it still fails on quality too. Scottish Water's own website points out that they perform worse than the private sector equivalents in England.
The water industry in Scotland has suffered from decades of under-investment and neglect and is significantly less efficient than the private sector in England and Wales.I don't know about anyone else, but this sounds like a plea to be privatised.