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Choosing the right business water supplier

In the current energy climate, it can be a challenge to find the time and support to source the right business water supplier and manage your water strategy effectively. With so many other aspects to think about alongside running your business; finding a trustworthy, cost-effective and reliable water partner may not be high up on the priority list. That’s why we’re here to explain how finding the right business water supplier benefits your business and what should be considered when searching the market.

Why water management is important for your business

The water market was deregulated in 2017. Switching to a better deal or setting your organisation up as a self-supplier can bring unique benefits to your business. Ofwat suggests that by choosing the right supplier, you can benefit from; better standards of service, tailored service offerings, advice on saving water and lower prices.

According to Ofwat, only 13% of businesses have taken advantage of switching since the market opened. Making the change could help save up to 25% on your bills.

What should you consider before switching to another supplier?

As a business, there are many decisions that need to be made each day, but when it comes to finding the right water supplier to change to, there are a few things to think about first.

  • Research the market first. It’s important to understand both your available procurement options and the types of suppliers in the market. Many businesses have found that instead of trying to decipher all this information themselves, it’s often better to work with a trusted utility consultant to provide impartial advice.
  • Make sure the water supplier is a trustworthy and reliable retailer. Complete a background check, find a provider who offers their clients direct access to one point of contact, or an account manager for complete consistency and accessibility.
  • Cost-effective – which supplier is most affordable for what you get? A good supplier will proactively seek to improve your deal on an ongoing basis, continuously monitoring market changes to ensure that their clients get the best value. They will also provide a transparent pricing structure.
  • Water & sewerage – is this included or is it separate? Water tariffs vary depending on where you are located in the country. In addition, each wholesaler takes a different approach to how they bill for sewerage services for collecting and treating foul sewage, surface water drainage, highway drainage and trade effluent.

Working with a consultant to identify a new supplier can also unlock further opportunities for water management, conservation, and consumption reduction, helping to reach those net-zero goals. It’s also worth employing the support of an expert to ensure water bills are correct and there are no outstanding refunds owed from previous overpayments.

How can SystemsLink help?

Having an organised system keeping track of all your utilities in one place is essential to help recognise when you are being overcharged for your supply. SystemsLink’s Energy Management software helps to monitor your utilities in an effective and comprehensive manner.

This software monitors and analyses all your utilities, enabling easy identification of waste or overspending and tracking any savings.

Get in touch with our experts

We help many organisations, like yours, across the private and public sectors to help them save time and money across their utilities. Take a look at our water services guide to find out more, or speak to our experts on 01234 988855.


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