Archives for Tom Melhuish

How do I find out who my current business water supplier is?

Recently moved into a property but can’t figure out who supplies your business water? It’s a common problem since business water suppliers often only bill companies once a year. It’s important to know who your business water supplier is as they are your first point of contact for any issues…

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Business Water For Small Businesses

It’s important to get the best deal on water for small businesses. Not just the cheapest deal, but a deal where your business is getting good service from your water supplier. Small businesses need to understand how to manage water consumption efficiently and effectively, using devices such as smart meters…

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Reducing your water consumption as a business

In the UK, the twinned impact of a growing population and climate change puts severe pressure on water resources. Our guide explores the simple steps your company can take to reduce wasted water. Why should my business reduce water consumption? There are three reasons why UK businesses should focus on…

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A guide to gap sites

Here at AquaSwitch, our mission is to make the water industry more understandable for businesses in Britain. Have you recently come across the term ‘gap site’? here’s our guide explaining what this means and how it may affect your business. What is a gap site? A gap site is a…

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14 ESSENTIAL tips to save money as a small business

As a small business, you’re always looking to save money – and to become financially efficient is integral to your business model. Saving money as a small business can be imperative to the early days where you need to be spending every penny wisely. But how? Here are our top…

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Trade Effluent charges, everything you need to know as a business

Here at AquaSwitch, our mission is to make the water industry more understandable for British businesses. A subject that causes endless confusion for business owners is trade effluent charges. This guide clarifies what trade effluent is, producers’ responsibilities, and how it impacts business water bills. Trade effluent, everything you need…

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Ultimate guide to English water suppliers

Business water suppliers are companies that have a licence to provide water and sewerage services to non-household properties. There are currently 39 companies that hold an Ofwat licence to supply water in England. Across the market, there is a wide variety of water companies to choose from, each with their…

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Understanding sewage

Understanding sewage and your wastewater charges are essential as a business. You need to make sure you have the correct consent for any commercial processes that add contaminants to the sewerage system. This guide will look at what sewage is and the relevant charges your business will incur. What is…

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What is a Supply Point Identification Number?

Every business premises will have a supply point identification number (SPID) for their freshwater supply and/or sewerage supply, but sometimes it’s not easy to locate. This guide will look at what a SPID number is, where to find it, and some frequently asked questions to help you out. What is…

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What is a water logger and why should I use one?

As a business, you may choose to have a water logger installed on your water meter. A water data logger is a device that fits onto your water meter and measures the amount of water that passes through. The water logger provides an analysis of when and how your water…

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What is the Open Water Market?

The Open Water Market is the result of a change in regulation that has transformed the British Water Industry from a government monopoly into a competitive market. The competitive water market works in the same way as for electricity, gas and most other products where businesses have the freedom to…

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The Business water bill explained

Our guide to the business water bill. There are over twenty different licensed water suppliers for business, but the way they charge for water is regulated and uses the following format. Business Water Bill Charge Types: Water:  These charges are for the supply of fresh potable water to your business premises. The…

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Understanding business water rates

Businesses and organisations in Britain pay for water rates under the non-household charge regime. The non-household market is open, allowing suppliers to determine the water rates charged to customers. However, all suppliers across Britain must charge for water rates using the same breakdown of charge categories allowing direct comparison between…

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Annual changes to business water charges

What are the annual changes to business water charges? On 1 April each year, the price that British businesses pay for their water supply will change. Here is our guide to what this means for your business water charges and why this price change is happening. Underlying wholesale rates –…

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Deregulation of the British Water Market

Our guide to the deregulation of the British water market and what this means for business. Privatisation in England and Wales (1989) In 1989 the English and Welsh water sector was privatised creating the world’s first fully privatised water system. Ten for-profit regional water authorities were created to supply households…

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The ultimate guide to business water suppliers in Scotland

Water supply by private companies has been a feature of the Scottish water market for more than a decade. In 2008, the Scottish water market opened up, allowing any property that isn’t a household to choose their water supplier. Scotland was the first country in the world to deregulate the…

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Understanding the British Water Industry

The British water network includes 1,000 reservoirs, 2,500 treatment plants, and more than 700,000 kilometres of pipes. It supplies clean water to over 25 million homes and 6 million businesses – the British water industry is of a substantial size. Ipsos Mori, a market research firm, has found the British…

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UK Business Water Retailers

The Water Act 2014 paved the way for businesses to choose the supplier of their water and wastewater retailer services. The UK business water retailers are private companies with a license to provide water services in the different parts of the UK. The principal services a water retailer provides are…

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What is a surface drainage charge and how do I get a rebate?

Across Britain, businesses are charged over £1 billion annually for surface drainage. Our guide explains what you are getting for this additional cost to your business and under what circumstances you can request a rebate from your supplier in regards to a surface drainage charge. What is a surface drainage…

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How to save money on your business water rates

In this article, we discuss ways companies can reduce water consumption and other ways you can save money on business water rates. When businesses look to save money, saving on water costs is not always at the forefront of their mind. However, by understanding how your business consumes water, you…

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Updated: Covid-19 and your Business Water Supply

Since the commencement of the first lock-down, Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on business across the UK. To support your business and its response to the crisis, we’ve created and continually updated this article to suggest positive actions you can take concerning Covid-19 and your business water supply. With…

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What’s happened to my supplier TOR Water?

TOR Water entered into the newly deregulated water market as a new supplier in April 2017. TOR Water focused on providing water supply to businesses located in the South West of England. A water supplier’s role is to invoice businesses they serve for their use of water and provide them with…

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What is the VAT on your business water bill?

Nearly all businesses use water every day and receive water bills regularly, but have you ever considered if you’re paying VAT on your business water bill? In this article, we have a look into what VAT is, if there is VAT on water bills, and how you can ensure you…

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Suspect that your business is suffering from a water leak?

The Consumer Council for Water estimates that each day 3.1 billion litres of water is lost to leakage across the UK. The cost of a water leak is ultimately borne by the end consumers of water, in other words, the households, and businesses, through increased water bills. The cost of…

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