Water Water Everywhere; Choose who Supplies your Business Water and our 7 Savings Tips
Water deregulation in the UK has been initiated to remove barriers to competition and open up the water retail market for non-domestic customers. This means that organisations in England will now be able to shop around and choose their water supplier - no more being tied to your local supplier just because of your postcode.
Scotland became the first country in the world to deregulate its water market for non-domestic customers back in 2008. Many businesses in Scotland have changed supplier since then, and it is estimated that businesses in Scotland could make savings of between 15% and 20% just by switching.
As of 1st April 2017, businesses, charities and public sector organisations in England have the freedom to choose their water supplier too. For organisations in Wales and Northern Ireland there are currently no plans to follow England and Scotland. However, Since 2003 very large water consumers in Wales (those who use over 50 million cubic metres per year) have been able to choose their retail water supplier if that retailer is based wholly or mainly in Wales. This threshold will remain and so it does mean that there's access to more competitive deals for some at least.
Take monthly meter readings and track your consumption. Water meters are generally pretty similar in that you'll see a line of black or white numbers (as well as red or white dials/ numbers). The black or white line of numbers show how many cubic meters of water you've used and this is the number the suppliers need in order to accurately bill.
Water suppliers are likely to up their customer service game going forward; they all want to win your business and customer will no doubt be king, now that said king can just leave if they're unhappy with the service they receive.
For those on a water meter, saving water means saving money. But it can also slash energy bills and help the environment too.
Find out more about Business Water Procurement.
"Water suppliers are likely to up their customer service game going forward; they all want to win your business and customer will no doubt be king, now that said king can just leave if they're unhappy with the service they receive."