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Here are the most commonly asked questions – answered just for you!
When a property is supplied with water services from a business water supplier, there are two types of contract:
When you switch water suppliers, you’ll agree to a fixed-term contract with your new business water supplier. Here are the full details of what’s included in a business water contract.
No. Switching business water suppliers will not affect your water supply. This is because the local water supply infrastructure remains the same, regardless of your chosen supplier.
When you switch business water suppliers, you are still using the same water and wastewater network, and the same quality of water will be supplied to your premises. The new business water supplier will just take over billing and customer service responsibilities.
It’s important to note that some aspects of your water and wastewater services may be affected by switching suppliers, such as the tariffs and pricing plans offered by the new supplier, as well as any additional services or support they provide.
We recommend that you compare business water suppliers before deciding to ensure you choose the one that best meets your business needs.
There are plenty of reasons to switch business water suppliers in general. However, hotels have a lot of baths, showers and toilets that consume vast amounts of water. Chains dominate the hotel industry, so hotel operators generally have to deal with more than one property.
Here are a few benefits hotel decision-makers should consider when looking to change business water supplier:
It depends; businesses that have never switched business water suppliers before can save the most. Here’s how much you can expect to save by switching business water suppliers:
We can only provide a rough estimate because water rates vary from region to region and depend on the amount of water your business uses.
Find out precisely how much your business can save by switching suppliers with our business water comparison service.
Absolutely. By doing a multi-site switch, your business can benefit from significant savings and consolidated billing. All your properties will appear on the same invoice with consolidated billing, making managing your business water costs much more manageable.
Properties classified as “non-household” can switch business water suppliers. However, if your holiday let is recorded as a household, you will not be able to change suppliers using the AquaSwitch compare and switch service.
The best way to find out if your holiday let is a non-household or a household is to check your latest water bill. On the water bill, you’ll be able to see if you are being charged as a household or a non-household.
If a water wholesaler is invoicing you, your property will be a household. If a business water supplier invoices you, your property will be listed as a non-household.
For a list of wholesalers and business water suppliers, please see our table below:
|Regional water companies||Business water suppliers|
|Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig||Anglian Water Business|
|Hafren Dyfrdwy Cyfyngedig||Brightwater|
|Scottish Water||Business Stream|
|Northumbrian Water||Cambrian Utilities|
|Severn Trent Water||Castle Water|
|Southern Water||Clear Business Water|
|South West Water||ConservAqua|
|United Utilities||First Business Water|
|Wessex Water||Pinnacle Business Water|
|Yorkshire Water||Pure Business Water|
|Affinity Water||Source for business|
|Bristol Water||Regent Water|
|Portsmouth Water||Smarta Water|
|South East Water||Veolia Water|
|South Staffordshire Water||The Water Retail Company|
|Sutton and East Surrey Water||Water Plus|
Yes, as long as your restaurant is registered and located in a non-household property, you are able to switch your business water supplier.
The easiest way to do this is to use our business water comparison tool.
By switching business water suppliers, restaurants can benefit from lower rates and improved customer service. Our comparison report summarises the rates you pay annually and clearly states the available savings.
The water supply details of your property are recorded on a central database overseen by Ofwat and MOSL, the regulators. The database is updated whenever a meter reading is recorded, or anything changes in the supply to your property.
Each supplier has access to this database, allowing for a seamless transfer from one supplier to another.
At the start of the switching process, you’ll sign a fixed contract, committing you to a fixed tariff with your new business water supplier. Your new supplier will then work behind the scenes to arrange for a switch on the central database.
Once complete, you will receive a final bill from your old supplier and your first bill from your new supplier. It really is as simple as that.
The crucial thing to remember is there is no change to how water actually gets to your property. There is no risk of supply interruption or any changes to the water quality you receive.
Yes, you will sign up for a new tariff when you change business water supplier. Your new tariff will determine how your water bills are calculated.
Using the AquaSwitch business water comparison service, companies can typically save between 10% and 20% on overall water bills.
Most businesses in Wales are not eligible to switch business water suppliers.
Only Welsh businesses using over 50 million litres of water yearly can switch business water suppliers. In practice, Welsh water deregulation only applies to a handful of industries that use a vast amount of water yearly.
Trade effluent consent is required for commercial properties discharging anything into the sewers that aren’t domestic sewage. The regulators define domestic sewage as wastewater produced by:
Trade effluent is a complex area of the water industry. Check out our complete guide to Trade Effluent.
If you are currently out of contract like most businesses in England, the switching process typically takes five weeks.
It begins with entering your postcode into our smart business water comparison tool and being provided with a range of quotes from water suppliers. You will then select your preferred quote and be sent a contract, LOA, and a Direct Debit mandate to sign.
Once completed, our business water experts will manage the switching process and will let you know your “go-live date”
If you are currently in a business water contract, you can secure a switch up to 3 months before the contract end date. However, you can’t switch before.
Yes, a school can switch business water suppliers. All non-household properties in England and Scotland can switch to a new business water supplier, including schools.
To switch business water suppliers, enter your property details in our postcode finder and compare the different water quotes.
Once you’ve found out how much you can save and want to go ahead with a switch, click “Start the switch”, and one of our experts will manage the process from start to finish.
When leaving your premises, it’s best to notify your business water supplier before the date you leave. That way, the supplier can arrange for a final meter reading to be taken so they can send you an accurate final bill.
If you are in an existing contract with a business water supplier, but your business is moving or relocating, then your water supplier must release you from your water contract without any additional fees.
Here’s our full guide to water supplies when moving business premises.
To change business water suppliers, you need the following details to ensure a smooth switch:
Yes, the suppliers in this guide have a licence from Ofwat or the Water Commission for Scotland to supply any non-household in Britain, both large and small.
The only requirement for small businesses to be able to choose a business water supplier is to have a supply point ID (“SPID”).
All water bills your business receives will display your SPID.
Yes, sole traders and self-employed people can switch business water suppliers, but only if the building you want to switch isn’t a home.
Ofwat offers the following guidance on what constitutes a home:
For the purposes of the licensing framework (section 17C WIA91), household premises are those in which, or in any part of which, a person has his home, and where the principal use of the premises is as a home. For example, a farm serves both as the farmer’s home and the farmer’s place of business, but ordinarily its principal use will be as a business. So it would not be a household premise.
Source: Ofwat report
In England and Scotland, you have the right to switch your business water supplier if the water is being supplied to a building that is not a home.
On deregulation, all buildings not considered homes were allocated a water supply point ID.
Yes, you can save money by comparing the different suppliers and moving to a water tariff with lower rates. At AquaSwitch, we’ve helped thousands of businesses save money on their water rates.
Start today by entering your address in our smart water comparison tool above.
Another easy way to save money on water costs is to consider improving the water efficiency of your business.
Here are some quick tips to implement at your company to reduce overall water consumption and save money.
Business water supplier – The company that provides your business with:
Supply Point identifier (SPID) – A unique identifier associated with each water and wastewater supply point in England and Wales. The SPID is used in the water industry to allow seamless transfer from one water supplier to another.
Trade Effluent – Where a business discharges any liquid produced in a business property by a trade or production activity into the sewers. Trade effluent will be charged separately by your business water supplier. Your switch to a new business water supplier will include the trade effluent charges.
Water audit – The process of analysing historical water charges paid by your business to identify mistakes that represent overcharging. We recommend that large companies conduct a water audit alongside your water switch.
Water wholesalers – The regional company responsible for maintaining the water and wastewater networks and providing high-quality potable water.
Switching business water suppliers doesn’t have to be confusing and tedious. At AquaSwitch, we want to eliminate the stress of changing water suppliers.
With our extensive knowledge and experience in the water supply industry, we can work on your behalf as an intermediary and help you find a supplier that will get you the best possible rate for your business.
Interested in connecting with AquaSwitch? Our process is simple:
First, we’ll ask you to add your postcode to begin switching water suppliers. To provide details that will give us an inside look at the water supply that meets your business needs.
Most of the information we need can be found on your last water bill, so keep that handy while filling out the form.
Our experts will then collect bespoke fixed tariff quotes for your business and let you know how much you can save compared to your current tariff.
Remember, you don’t have to worry about contacting any suppliers; our experts will do all of the research and quote collection to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.
Finally, once we’ve found a quote you feel confident about, one of our water specialists will finalise the switch and take care of all of the onboarding processes that come with working with a new water supplier.
You don’t have to worry about disconnecting service with your old supplier; you only need to smile and think about how much money you will save now that you have made the official switch.
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