As of April 2017, business owners in England will be able to switch their water supplier, much in the same way that they currently switch their gas and electricity supplier. This change means that we could soon see an increase in competition and a decrease in prices as business water suppliers operate more in line with regulations similar to the deregulated Scottish water market. Scotland was the first country in the world to deregulate their water market, and have subsequently seen an improvement in delivery and customer service, as well as a notable increase in customer savings.
Large business owners in England may be familiar with this system, as any company that uses more than 5 million litres (5 megalitres) of water at any one site has some degree of choice about their supplier for some time now.
So, if you’re a small business owner, here’s all you need to know on water provision and how your water costs are calculated.
As a business owner, you’ll need to pay for any water your business uses, which includes everything from the water used when employees wash their hands, to any used to fill up the kettle in the canteen.
Your water bill is made up of three elements:
In addition to your water and waste water usage, you will also be charged:
Please note: if your business uses a large amount of water, it may be eligible for a reduction in rates by way of a large user tariff.
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