Business Water Guides

At AquaSwitch we aim to provide increased transparency for customers in the business water market. We have assembled the following guides to help customers understand the water market and how it impacts their business.

Business water suppliers in England 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 own unique selling points, tariffs…

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Sewage 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 sewage? Simply put, sewage is…

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SPID Number 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 a Supply Point Identification Number?…

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Open Water Market 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 choose from who they want…

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british-water-overview. The British water market: An Overview

According to a WWF report of the UK’s impact on global water resources, the UK water footprint amounts to 102 billion cubic metres every year, which is equivalent to the flow of the River Thames, on an annual basis, 49 times over. Nearly 24% of this water footprint comes from industry, in comparison to agriculture…

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business-water-bill-explained 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 water charge will depend on…

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understanding-business-water Understanding business water charges

Businesses and organisations pay for water 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 using a consistent category and type of charge, allowing direct comparison between one water bill and another. Our guide explains…

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switch-business-supplier How to switch your business water supplier

Have you noticed that your business water bills are higher than usual? Have you seen a steady uptick over the last several years and you’re not sure why? It’s the way the water market in England — as well as Scotland and parts of Wales — works: water suppliers purchase resources from a regional wholesaler,…

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annual water changes 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 – The annual charge in the…

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deregulation 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 and businesses. These were: Anglian…

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