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The benefits of comparing business water suppliers

In England, 83% of companies pay unnecessarily expensive default water rates. Our business water comparison service lets you quickly find out how much you could save by making a simple switch.

But it’s more than just savings; here are the key benefits of comparing business water suppliers:

Saving money

Saving money

Compare quotes tailored to your business and save as much as 20% on business water bills.

Customer Service

Customer Service

Get responsive and helpful customer service that resolves issues quickly and painlessly.

Tailored Service

Tailored Service

All your properties consolidated into a single water bill and access to additional services.

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How to compare business water rates

Our business water comparison service allows you to compare rates easily. To compare business water rates online, simply provide the following information allowing each supplier to tailor quotes to your business:

Business Details

Business Details

We will need your businesses postcode. Our postcode finder will find the rest of your details for you to confirm.

Supply Information

Supply Information

We’ll ask for your SPID number to get the details of your water supply and annual water consumption.

Contact details

Contact details

This is so we can provide you with your business water comparison to allow you to switch to a better tariff.

Compare business water rates

The charges on business water bills are complicated, with different suppliers presenting the same information differently. Your business will be billed for the following:

  • Standing wholesale fees – Fixed charges levied to maintain the network of pipes to and from your property.
  • Volumetric wholesale fees – These charges depend on how much water your business uses.
  • Surface and highway drainage charges – Fees for removing rain that lands on your property and the nearby road.
  • Retail charges – An additional charge from your business water supplier to cover customer service costs.

To further complicate matters, these charges vary depending on the location and size of your property.

Our free water comparison service cuts through this complexity by providing you with quotes tailored to your business and directly comparing prices to your current business water supplier.

To help understand how these different charges work, our business water experts have built the industry’s first business water rates calculator.

Comparing green business water suppliers

Small businesses are increasingly looking for ways to operate more sustainably. Unfortunately, there are several environmental costs associated with the water industry, namely:

  • The electricity used to pump water from reservoirs to your business property is generated by burning fossil fuels.
  • Treating the sewage produced by your company produces strong greenhouse gasses as a by-product.

Green business water suppliers are now entering the market to offer carbon-neutral water tariffs. In a green water tariff, your business water supplier will offset greenhouse gas emissions by:

  • Directly investing in carbon-negative projects such as planting forests.
  • Investing in carbon credits.

Compare green business water suppliers with AquaSwitch today. Start by simply entering your business postcode below in our finder.

Can you compare business water rates?

Yes, non-domestic properties in England and Scotland can compare the prices offered by different business water suppliers to find the best deals.

Comparing business water is easy with AquaSwitch. Our business water rates comparison report shows how much your business can save by opting for a fixed water tariff. Simply begin the comparison by entering your company’s postcode, to find out how much you can save today.

Who are the best business water suppliers to compare?

There’s no easy answer to which business water supplier is best. Over 20 different suppliers are competing to offer the best service and the lowest prices. When comparing business water suppliers, you should consider the following:

  • Levels of customer services (Trustpilot is a good guide)
  • Billing accuracy
  • The price of tariffs on offer
  • Their environmental credentials
  • The different ways the supplier accepts payments
  • The additional water services the supplier offers

Although we don’t know the best business water supplier for your company, we can compare the rates of new customer acquisitions.

Throughout 2023, here’s a comparison of the incoming switches to business water suppliers:

Comparison of business water supplier switching rates - 2023

Source: MOSLMarket switching dashboard 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023

By a large margin, the business water supplier Everflow has signed up the most new customers in 2023.

Use our business water comparison service to find out which supplier currently offers your business the most competitive rates.

What to look out for when you compare business water suppliers

When comparing business water suppliers, it’s essential to understand the service they deliver. A commercial water supplier will take regular meter readings and bill your business for the water it uses. If something goes wrong with your water supply, their customer services department will be on hand to help you.

Some suppliers deliver these services much better than others. Here are the factors you should consider when choosing a new business water supplier:

  • Customer service. Some suppliers take customer experience more seriously than others. A quick Google of Trustpilot scores will help to give you an idea of service levels.
  • Water efficiency services. Some suppliers can help assess the water efficiency of your business and find ways to reduce unnecessary water consumption.
  • Smart meters. Some suppliers can install smart water meters at your property to measure water consumption daily, allowing them to bill more accurately.
  • Cheapest business water rates. Suppliers compete on business water rates in the open water market. Use the AquaSwitch business water comparison.

Why should I compare business water prices in England and Scotland?

The markets for commercial water were deregulated in 2008 in Scotland and in 2017 in England, giving businesses the power to choose who supplies their water. By introducing competition into the market, the regulators have encouraged more innovative suppliers to enter the market.

Poor customer service is one of the top reasons to compare business water suppliers. The newer business water suppliers that have entered the market since 2017 are often more focused on providing a good customer experience.

AquaSwitch Founder Tom Melhuish says, “The open water market offers a huge untapped opportunity for business owners.”

“Thousands of businesses across the country are paying unnecessarily high water rates and can make an immediate saving with a hassle-free switch to a more competitive water supplier.”

Find out how much your business can save today by comparing business water rates with AquaSwitch.

Large business water rates comparison

The AquaSwitch multi-site comparison solution helps businesses with properties nationwide manage and save money on their water supply.

Commercial water bills can become highly complex with high consumption tariffs and trade effluent charges. Additionally, business water rates vary from region to region because local water companies use different schemes to charge businesses for their water.

Our experts cut through the complexity to prepare a concise business water comparison report, enabling you to compare current water expenditure to available alternatives.

The multi-site tender helps your business by:

  • Reviewing and verifying all current business water rates for accuracy.
  • Consolidating all your properties into one contract with a single supplier who will put all charges on a single, easy-to-understand invoice.
  • Achieving savings of up to 20% on overall business water rates.
  • Give your business a single point of contact for customer services for fast issue resolution.

Compare business water suppliers today, and see if your business can benefit from a multi-site water tariff today.

The AquaSwitch business water comparison process

At AquaSwitch, we empower businesses to get more from their water suppliers. Commercial water is complicated, and we help our customers avoid the traps of:

  • Needlessly expensive deemed contracts.
  • Suppliers with poor levels of customer service.
  • Unfavourable automatic contract rollovers.
  • Bewildering rates and tariffs.

We make switching to a new business water supplier seamless and straightforward with our easy-to-use business water rates comparison service.

We leverage our special relationships with business water suppliers to ensure you get the best business water prices.

If you decide to take advantage of better service and lower prices offered by another supplier, our experts will take care of a hassle-free switch on your behalf. It’s as simple as that.

Compare business water suppliers – The jargon explained

Business water supplier – A company with a licence to provide water and wastewater services to non-household properties.

Non-household property – A property eligible to change business water suppliers in the open water market, primarily used for purposes other than as a home.

Smart water meter – A water meter that transmits water readings automatically.

Supply Point ID (“SPID”) – A ten-digit code used in the water industry to identify individual water supply points.

Water efficiency – Reducing unnecessary water consumption by avoiding wastage, fixing leaks and installing water efficiency devices.

Business water rates – Charges levied by business water suppliers for clean water supply, wastewater removal and surface drainage. Business water rates include the wholesale water rates and the retail fee.

Wholesale water rates – Charges levied by your regional wholesaler to your chosen business water supplier for maintaining the local water and sewerage networks used by your business.

Retail fee – A charge your business water supplier levies for providing customer services, invoicing, and meter readings to your business.

Return to sewerage allowance – A ratio used by business water suppliers to calculate the volume of water returned to the sewers based upon the volume of potable water used measured by your water meter.

Default water tariff – The water rates charged to businesses that are out of contract and have never switched from their original business water supplier.

Compare business water rates – FAQs

Our business water experts answer the questions frequently asked by our customers during the process of comparing business water rates.

Are there any online tools or resources to help me compare business water suppliers?

Yep, the AquaSwitch business water comparison service. We work with trusted business water suppliers, where you can compare the latest business water rates to ensure you get the best deal!

What are the types of water meters?

Most British commercial properties have a water meter that measures mains water consumption. Water companies usually hide their water meters below a cover on the pavement outside your property.

Find your meter using our visual guide to finding water meters.

Water meters come in three types:

  • A traditional water meter – One that only displays water used on a dial that requires manual reading.
  • A smart water meter – An upgraded water meter that transmits water consumption to your business water supplier using wireless or 4G communications.
  • An AMR water meter – A water meter where the local water company has installed a wireless device that allows them to record a meter reading by driving a van with a sensor nearby.

Here’s our full guide to submitting a meter reading.

I have 12 months left on my contract. Can I compare business water suppliers?

Yes, you can compare and switch business water suppliers at any time during the last three months of your current business water contract.

Will business water prices increase in the future?

As with most services, water prices increase over time as maintaining and operating the water network becomes more expensive.

In April of each year, Ofwat adjusts the underlying wholesale water rates to reflect rising water network costs. This price adjustment is a yearly occurrence, unlike in the energy markets, which fluctuate daily.

Last year’s annual increase occurred on 1st April, with default water rates increasing by 14% on average with significant regional variations. Here’s a link to our complete guide to the 2023 business water rates increase.

Business water prices won’t increase again until April 2024. However, AquaSwitch’s Director Ben Brading says, “Significant water price rises are likely in 2024 due to the pressure Ofwat is coming under to invest in improving water infrastructure and prevent sewage discharge into rivers”.

Can universities compare business water suppliers?

Yes, universities can compare business water suppliers. Comparing suppliers not only gives you the ability to save money – but also offers you the opportunity to consolidate your billing.

Universities that have multiple buildings often find the billing process time-consuming. Using our business comparison tool, you can move all your premises onto one, making it easy to manage bills and saving time and money.

We’ve helped universities identify other ways to save money by undertaking a water audit and reducing unnecessary water consumption.

How long can I fix my business water rates for?

Typically, in fixed business water tariff contracts, the term ranges between one and three years. In such a contract, the retail fee levied by your business water supplier remains fixed throughout the term, while the underlying wholesale rates change each April.

When you compare business water rates with AquaSwitch, our experts will be able to calculate your potential savings in a one, two, or three-year contract.

Can I compare small business water rates?

Yes, even micro company properties can compare and switch business water suppliers. As long as your property’s principal use is not a household, you are eligible to compare business water rates in the open water market.

Small businesses can make significant savings by switching away from default water contracts. Compare the water market today and determine how much your micro business can save.

For more information, here’s our guide to water rates for small businesses.

Who are the cheapest business water suppliers in Scotland?

There isn’t a set answer for this, as it’s pretty circumstantial. There are many factors to take into consideration when suppliers provide you with a detailed quote.

A water quote tailored to your business will include the following charges:

  • Potable water standing charge
  • Potable water metering charge
  • Wastewater standing charge
  • Wastewater volumetric charge
  • Surface water drainage
  • Highways drainage
  • Foul sewage and trade effluent

Make sure to read through our guide on understanding business water charges to get an idea of the different fees businesses incur for their water and wastewater services.

The AquaSwitch service will take into account all these different charges to provide a direct comparison between your current supply and quotes from other suppliers taking into account all these additional charges.

Who is the cheapest business water supplier in England?

In England, the question of who provides the cheapest water supply gets even more complicated. Eleven regional companies across England provide water and sewerage services. Each of these regional companies has different ways of charging for their services.

Business water suppliers in England will pass on these charges to your business plus a variable retail fee.

We’ve pulled together a page exploring the different English and Scottish business water suppliers and their coverage to simplify this situation.

It’s worth remembering that business water suppliers can also provide additional services that help reduce business water usage, resulting in a cheaper supply. You can access a breakdown of their services and coverage in the above link.

How often should I compare business water suppliers?

The most cost-effective strategy for a company to reduce business water rates is to compare the market for cheaper rates during the last three months of your current water tariff. This approach avoids unnecessarily expensive default business water charges.

In Britain, many businesses have never switched suppliers and could realise significant savings today by simply switching to a fixed business water tariff.

Who benefits from the cheapest business water supply?

The underlying cost of providing clean water to businesses across Britain depends significantly on water scarcity in your region.

Businesses in the South West of England suffer from the highest volumetric water charges. In Devon and Cornwall, annual rainfall is less than most of the country, and the distance that pipes need to travel is greater.

This means that the underlying cost of providing clean water is greater, a cost that is passed through to businesses in business water supplier charges.

In contrast, rainfall is more frequent around London and the Anglian region, and the density of water using properties is higher, resulting in lower charges.

Ultimately there is little you can do about the region your business is located. But the simple step of changing to a cheaper business water supplier can go a long way in reducing cost.

Click here to compare business water suppliers.

Can a school compare business water suppliers?

Yes, schools can compare business water suppliers since they are classified as non-household properties, so they can benefit from the deregulated water market. Schools can use our business water comparison service to compare quotes.

Start the comparison process with our simple form, letting us know your:

  • Address
  • Contact Details
  • SPID Number

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How can I reduce my business water bill?

AquaSwitch offers advice on several ways to reduce your business water bill.

The simplest way to reduce your business water bill is to get the cheapest possible business water rates. Compare business water rates with AquaSwitch today to quickly find the best deals on offer in the market.

A second way to reduce your business water bill is to reduce unnecessary water consumption; here are a few ways to do it:

  • Check your property for leaks – Businesses can spend thousands of pounds on water leaking from broken pipes. Check out our complete guide to commercial water leaks.
  • Rainwater harvesting – Some businesses use tap water to water plants in the garden. Happy plants can be achieved for free through simple rainwater harvesting.
  • Tap aerators – Tap aerators reduce the volume of water used in a sink by introducing air into the water flow.

For more ideas on reducing your water consumption, read our full guide on reducing your water consumption as a business.

How long into my current contract can I compare business water suppliers?

With the AquaSwitch comparison service, you can compare your current tariff with the market at any time. However, if you are in a fixed-term contract with your existing water supplier, it is only possible to switch when your current contract ends.

At AquaSwitch, we can arrange a switch at a future date up to three months in advance of your contract end date. By organising your switch ahead of the end of your current contract, you can ensure you avoid expensive out-of-contract rates.

Can a farm compare business water suppliers?

Absolutely; at AquaSwitch, we’ve helped many farms compare business water rates and make a hassle-free switch.

In fact, agriculture is the highest water-consuming industry in the UK. In the dry summer months, many farms rely on a mains water supply to irrigate their crops, so getting a good deal on water tariffs is important to keeping costs down.

Farms generally will only incur only minimal wastewater charges since the water they use doesn’t return to the drains. Our business water experts have helped farm owners by checking that these sewerage charges are fairly calculated on their bills.

Water consumption at farms tends to vary from season to season. Using historical meter reading data, our experts calculate an average annual cost for water and compare this to get the best quotes currently on offer in the market.

What happens when I compare business water suppliers with AquaSwitch?

The AquaSwitch water supplier comparison service is free and doesn’t come with any obligations.

Once our water experts have received your details, they’ll obtain business water quotes tailored to your business and let you know how much you could save compared to your current tariff.

If you decide to take advantage of one of our quotes, our experts will take care of a hassle-free switch. It’s really as simple as that.

Why are you asking for my SPID when I use your business water comparison service?

The supply point ID (SPID) is a unique identifier used in the water market to identify the supply of water services to an individual property.

When we have the SPID of your business property, we can look up the historical water consumption and other key details about the water and wastewater services being used by a property. Only with these details can we provide a comparison report tailored to your commercial property.

Will comparing business water suppliers’ prices save my business money?

Absolutely, comparing and switching to a new water supplier is a really easy way to save your business money. The vast majority of businesses in Britain pay out-of-contract water rates that are more expensive than tariffs available in the market.

Using the AquaSwitch business water comparison tool allows you to compare your current bills to alternatives offered in the market. Find how much your business can save today by using our business water comparison tool.

Do I need a SPID number to compare business water suppliers?

Yes, the AquaSwitch business water comparison report uses the following details associated with your SPID to produce tailored business water quotes:

  • The size of your water meter
  • Historical water consumption
  • The surface area of your property

Your SPID is shown on all business water bills. However, if you can’t find it, our water experts may be able to find your SPID based on your business name and address through our business water comparison service.

Simply start with your postcode on our business water comparison service.

How much do businesses pay for water compared to households?

The charges for business water rates and household water rates are similar. In a study conducted in 2023, AquaSwitch found that domestic rates are on average 8.7% cheaper than the equivalent default commercial water contract.

However, businesses can now make significant savings by switching away from the default contract.

Can I compare business water suppliers if I’m based in Wales?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of companies in Wales cannot choose the supplier of their water services. The exception is businesses that consume over 50 million litres of water annually. Fifty million litres is a vast amount of water, which is only applicable to a few industrial activities.

Can I compare water suppliers for my house?

Unfortunately not. Currently, in the UK, you cannot compare water suppliers. Homes are supplied by the local water wholesaler, the company that operates the water network in your area.

You can check who your water supplier is here and review the cost of domestic water vs business water.

There was a discussion surrounding the possibility of allowing the household market to switch to a private water supplier; however, that has fallen down the priority list due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read the Ofwat report here.

How can I compare the customer services of different business water suppliers?

Comparing the levels of customer service before moving to a new supplier is important. You want to have a responsive customer service team who will quickly resolve any issues that arise.

To begin with, you will want to review their customer reviews – we recommend hopping over to Trustpilot to get an idea of what past and present customers have experienced.

It’s then worth looking at additional factors, including:

  • Complaints – Look at the number and nature of complaints made against each supplier. You can find this information on the Consumer Council for Water website.
  • Response times – See how quickly each supplier responds to queries and customer complaints. You can test this by making a phone call or sending an email and tracking the response time.
  • Service level agreements (SLAs) – Compare the SLAs offered by different suppliers regarding response times, fault resolution times, and customer support hours.
  • Additional services – Check if the suppliers offer additional services such as water efficiency advice, leak detection, or flexible billing options, which can indicate a higher level of customer care.

By comparing these factors, you can decide which business water supplier provides the best customer service.

Why is it important to compare business water suppliers?

Owning and managing a business can be complex. When you’re constantly dealing with the chaos that comes with running an organisation, the last thing you want to deal with is ever-increasing business water rates.

The open water market in England and Scotland allows business owners to save on their water bills and reduce unnecessary consumption.

Let’s take a closer look at how the open water market works and how you can use the AquaSwitch business water comparison service to find a more efficient, budget-friendly business water tariff.

Compare business water supplier prices today with AquaSwitch.

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