Archives for Tom Melhuish

Everything you need to know about water pressure

Water pressure is important to all businesses and essential to industrial activities. Low water pressure may just be a nuisance for small companies, but it can severely affect production cycles and cost businesses money in missed minimum orders and slow production cycles. In this guide, we look at water pressure…

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April 2022 water price increases – what to expect.

On 1 April each year, the businesses involved in the supply of water and sewerage services revise their rates. In April 2022, an exceptional increase will impact the business water market to protect business water suppliers against failure due to COVID related bad debt losses. Our analysis shows that a…

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Everything you need to know about your holiday lets water supply

British holidaymakers are increasingly opting for a holiday closer to home and finding their perfect stay on Airbnb. Homeowners are taking advantage of the staycation boom, with over 200,000 properties now used as holiday lets in the UK. Airbnb hosts often ask us what actions they should take now their…

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Pipework chlorination – Everything you need to know.

In order to ensure the water quality is safeguarded when installing new private water pipes, pipework chlorination is a must. Pipework Chlorination is required by the Water Supply (water fittings) Regulations 1999. Water network wholesalers will not connect a new property to the water supply mains until the chlorination has…

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Are business water rates cheaper than domestic?

Domestic water rates are, on average, 8.7% cheaper than the equivalent default out of contract business tariff. Our study finds that in 2021 an average household property pays £515 per year on water rates compared to £564 paid by an equivalent business property on default rates. How expensive is water…

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Water pipes – who’s responsible?

Water leakage is a common problem. It is estimated that 3 billion litres of water are wasted each day across the water network. A leak occurring on your business property can cost thousands in unnecessary water charges and cause structural damage to your building. The key question our customers ask…

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Legionella detection and prevention for businesses

Legionella is a type of pathogen that will grow in stagnant water systems at room temperature. Inhalation of Legionella bacteria can result in a severe form of pneumonia. Preventing and protecting your workforce and customers from exposure is critical for businesses. In this guide, we will look at Legionella in…

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Making your business flood resilient

Flooding is an ever-present threat to businesses in low-lying areas. It can be incredibly costly from both a financial and operational perspective to suffer the consequences of a flood breach. Having a flood plan in place is not enough; you must also look to reduce the impact of flooding by…

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How to avoid infringement on water fitting regulations.

In 1999, “The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations” were set out as a national requirement to reduce waste and contamination of the drinking water supply. The water supply regulations put obligations on businesses with regard to their water fittings and systems. The regulation essentially stops any potential contamination of the…

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Water Softeners – Everything You Need to Know.

Water softeners are incredibly useful for businesses – they reduce the levels of limescale, improve the water you use for production, and, most importantly, save money. What does water softening do? Water softening is the process of removing calcium, magnesium and other metal impurities present in the water supply. The…

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Flood Planning For Businesses

Preparing for flooding is often overlooked. If you’ve never been flooded, it can be difficult to imagine. However, flood damage in the UK is estimated at 2 billion each year, and the average cost to an affected business is over £80,000. A flood will have a serious impact on your…

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A guide to water meters: Everything you need to know.

Here’s our guide to water meters – both old fashioned business water meters and the upgrades that can make your meter smarter. What is a water meter? A water meter is a device fitted to most business properties in the UK. Your business water supplier uses the water meter to…

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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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Water rates 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.

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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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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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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