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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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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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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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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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Ultimate guide to business water suppliers

In 2017 the commercial market for water was opened, allowing British businesses to choose their supplier of water. Business water suppliers are the companies that have a licence to provide these water and sewerage services to non-household properties. There are currently 20 business water suppliers with a licence to provide…

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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 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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