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Graham Mann of H2O Building Services looks at the implications of the opening up of the water retail market The 2014 Water Act, which came into law from April 2017, allows more than 1.2 million “eligible businesses”, charities and public sector bodies in England to choose their water supplier rather than having to rely on a supplier with a regional monopoly. The Government hopes that competition will lead to better customer service, lower costs and…

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Rethink water: reduce, recycle and recover resources

Rethink water: reduce, recycle and recover resources

The bottom line is important for any company. Efficient use of resources is essential in any sector, but the increasing costs of water and wastewater management mean that an inadequate water strategy can lead to businesses effectively pouring money down the drain. When it comes to water, there is a perception that sewer discharge costs nothing and there is little you can do with wastewater once it has been treated and cleaned in line with…

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Alternative water supply options; boreholes are back in vogue!

Alternative water supply options; boreholes are back in vogue!

Until recently, only non-domestic customers in Scotland and very high-level consumers in England and Wales could switch their water supplier to save money or to hope to improve the level of service they receive. This situation changed in April this year when the water market was deregulated to allow for greater competition in England. About 1.2 million customers are now able to choose their water provider, in the same way as they do for electricity…

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How much does hot water actually cost your business?

How much does hot water actually cost your business?

Hot water is an often unrecognised part of energy costs since most properties have one meter that covers both heating & DHW. This means that hot water costs are absorbed into overall energy heating costs. However, the cost of hot water can be substantial, sometimes as much as 47% of the overall bill. Therefore making savings on your hot water costs could result in significant savings on overall consumption. Martyn Savage, Technical Director at CircoSense…

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The Water Open Market: Think Before You Dive In

The Water Open Market: Think Before You Dive In

From April 2017, commercial and other non-residential water users in England have the opportunity to choose where to buy water and wastewater services from. This freedom of choice is most welcome but, with choice, comes complexity. With multiple service providers and procurement routes available, careful consideration of the options is a prerequisite for making the most of the open market opportunity and optimising service levels and best value for your organisation. Claire Yeates, Director at…

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New Paper Released: What Happens When Our Taps Run Dry?

New Paper Released: What Happens When Our Taps Run Dry?

Digital technology allows us to step back and ‘smart up’ around the current cycle of water consumption and wastage. In the developed world, expectation is nothing less than a right. We open the tap, and we expect clean drinking water to flow. We switch on the lights, and bulbs must illuminate. We swim in waterways that must be safe and free from bacteria. Many resources that are critical for life are taken for granted with…

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The English Water Retail Market is Open for Business, is Water Supply Procurement Within Your Remit?

The English Water Retail Market is Open for Business, is Water Supply Procurement Within Your Remit?

With the English Water Retail Market now open for business you may switch water supplier and negotiate better rates for your water supply going forwards. If your business is a large water user and therefore your annual water spend is substantial the deals within the first 3 years of market opening will be in low single digits. Large water uses will fall in many categories for example, Leisure Parks, Hotels, Leisure Clubs, Manufacture and production facilities,…

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Are you ready for April 2017?

Are you ready for April 2017?

With water deregulation just around the corner… is your business ready? Commencing 1st April 2017, non-domestic users in England will for the first time be able to choose their own water supplier. This change will give businesses the opportunity to have their water usage and sewerage billed by a supplier of their choice. The deregulation of the water market will give businesses the ability to: Consolidate billing from one supplier across multiple sites in different…

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Water quality in communal heating systems

Water quality in communal heating systems

With a wealth of experience supplying heat interface units to communal and district heating systems, Giacomini UK is able to offer dedicated technical assistance and advice on how to achieve the best results. In this article Giacomini UK’s technical support manager, Helen Gibbons, discusses the importance of water quality in communal heating systems. With the support of her Giacomini colleagues, Helen is hoping to increase understanding of how to protect vital components within communal or…

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Water deregulation could lead to great savings for business

Water deregulation could lead to great savings for business

Businesses need to start planning now for the most radical changes in the water industry for a generation. That’s the message from cost management firm Great Annual Savings Group (GAS), which predicts that businesses could shave thousands of pounds off their utility bills – if they prepare well for the changes in advance. In April 2017, commercial customers in England will be able to choose the best supplier for their needs, regardless of where their…

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