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One year countdown to water competition

15 April 2016

With just one year to go until the water market opens for competition, Business Stream has launched a practical guide to help businesses make the most of the change. 

From 1 April 2017 all businesses and public bodies in England will be able to choose their water supplier. Competition will encourage water suppliers to offer more benefits to customers, which include reduced costs, improved service levels and lower management overheads.
 
Business Stream, Scotland’s largest non-domestic supplier of water and wastewater services, has launched the Switch Fit Guide to advise organisations on how to secure the financial, efficiency and environmental benefits that will be possible from April.
 
The company’s checklist urges organisations to carry out some simple but important steps in order to prepare and benefit from the changes.  This includes:
 
Understand your current water usage – This should be your first step and can be done easily by looking over previous bills.  This will outline water usage, wastewater production and how much it is costing.  This information will help you to secure the best possible supply and service contracts for your organisation.

Plan Ahead – Consider how changes to your organisation, such as expansion, relocation or peaks and troughs in activity may impact water use.

Understand your trade effluent arrangements – Make sure you’re aware of your trade effluent arrangements and whether you have or need effluent consents put in place.

Consider what you want from a supplier – The relationship you have with your supplier is crucial to successful water and wastewater management. The opening of the market offers an opportunity to revisit this and consider whether your current supplier is proactively helping you to manage your water and wastewater needs.

Jo Dow, chief executive of Business Stream, said: “With just a year to go until the market reforms are introduced in England, now is the time for businesses to assess their current water needs in order to take full advantage of the changes ahead.


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