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    Since the deregulation of the commercial water market in 2017, businesses have had the freedom to choose their UK water suppliers. The deregulation has offered a number of benefits and has led to great savings on business water rates. Though it also poses a few challenges – how do you know which water providers are best? And how can you find the best water rates in the UK? Well, we’ll handle that part for you. Utility Bidder will help you secure the best contract for your business water rates through the use of our market insights and supplier relations. From new contracts to bill validations through to water audits, if there are savings to be made on your business water rates, we will find them.

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    Why should you switch business water suppliers?

    Our independent research shows that as many as one in three businesses have previously been overcharged on their business water rates. If you use us to help you change water suppliers, we’ll help you find the most cost-effective business water rates for your business, so you can make savings where they matter.

    We’d recommend a water audit as this will help us figure out where you may have been overcharged, which can then be claimed back.

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    How can we help you with your business water rates?

    We can also provide alternative deals, allowing you to save on your business water bills. Using Utility Bidder to compare water suppliers comes with the following benefits:

    • Lower business water rates
    • Better value for your money
    • A better-tailored service that suits your specific business needs
    • Aid in becoming more water-efficient

    There are two factors that determine whether you can switch your business water suppliers:

    1) Is your company predominantly business based or domestic?

    2) Where is your waterboard or water provider based? We can help you switch today and save on your business water rates. Our team of experts will do all the searching and switching for you, so you can focus on your business.

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    What is a water audit and how can it help you?

    Water audits are perfect for in-depth research on your history of business water rates and how we can potentially save you money. Scouring the markets for business water suppliers can be quite time consuming for any business owner, so by conducting a water audit we are able to do all the research for you and find the most effective solution. Using three simple steps, we can put forward suggestions on how to cut down your spending on business water rates in the UK.

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      If your current UK water suppliers maintained their license to act as a supplier, then nothing will have changed. They will have automatically transferred you onto their default tariff.

      The default tariff is likely to be more expensive tariff than other suppliers may be offering.

      Gain a free, no obligation quote from us to see how they compare to other water providers.

      If your current supplier decided to exit the commercial market and you didn’t switch providers, your commercial water supply will have been allocated by the central market agency, however you will not be in contract.

      There are two factors that determine whether you are able to switch your business water supplier:

      1) Is your company predominantly business based or domestic?

      2) Where is your waterboard or water provider based?

      The deregulation is now live in England and Scotland; however, if your commercial water supplier is in Wales, then you cannot switch water supplier yet, unless you use a large amount of water for business.

      As of 1st April 2017, the non-domestic water market was deregulated. This means that like , all businesses within England can now choose which company supplies their water and waste water services.

      While the water wholesaler will be determined by the region, the supplier can be chosen by you. The changes came after the successful deregulation of water in Scotland in 2008.

      You are likely to save money, but for the first several years of the deregulation it may not be as dramatic as you would hope. However, in time we will see increased competition and differences in prices between suppliers. The current savings in the Scottish market are between 10–25%, depending on the mark-up charges, but they have been deregulated since 2008.

      We have found that savings can be made, and rebates can be claimed, through completing a water audit.

      to discuss your business water requirements and we can guide you through the process of switching and undertaking a water audit.

      There are currently 25 water suppliers across the UK:

      List of Uk Water Suppliers
      Affinity Water
      Albion Water
      Anglian water
      Bristol Water
      Cambridge Water
      Cholderton & District Water
      Dee Valley
      Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water)
      Essex and Suffolk Water
      Independent Water Networks
      Northern Ireland Water
      Northumbrian Water
      Portsmouth Water
      Scottish Water
      Severn Trent Water
      South East Water
      South West Water
      Southern Water
      Sutton and East Surry Water
      Thames Water
      United Utiliies Water
      Wessex Water
      Yorkshire Water

      Looking to switch business water suppliers?

      Due to having a choice of water providers, you may benefit from:

      • Improved service
      • Expert advice
      • Lower water bills
      • No negative effect on your water bill
      • Tailored service and business water deals

      New companies have entered the market and many of these have a utilities background. Recently, more energy suppliers have added water to their list of services and others will be teaming up with regional water companies. Some regional water companies now operate on a national basis, and some have chosen to withdraw completely – leaving those with contracts having to change water supplier.

      Business water bills vary in value depending on your commercial location, company size and usage. Our experienced water team can audit your bill and gather the relevant information to help find you the best commercial water quotes and prices for your business. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team.

      ‘Trade effluent’ is a term used to describe any business waste water that’s produced on commercial trade premises, aside from domestic sewage (wastewater). The Water Industry Act 1991 defines trade effluent as “any liquid, either with or without particles of matter in suspension in the liquid, which is wholly or partly produced in the course of any trade or industry carried on at a trade premises.”

      Example businesses that must be aware of effluent water discharge are: Petrol stations, hotels, hospitals, manufacturers, engineering and chemical plants.

      Limits are placed within your business trade effluent agreement. This includes the consideration of all the below, all mentioned and agreed in your business agreement:

      – Volume

      – Discharge rate

      – No flammable or toxic substances such as petroleum

      – pH levels must be between the agreed levels

      – Check temperature limits

      Our business water experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

      To protect the environment, you need permission if your business is going to discharge any trade effluent into public sewers. Effluent water consent is included in the trade effluent public register. Please find a link to this below:

      https://www.unitedutilities.com/trade-effluent-consent-register/

      For temporary discharges, this must be for less than six months and full consent is required. This must be leaked into a foul sewer and not the surface water system. Please contact your retailer, they will require you to complete the relevant application.

      Unfortunately, every year in the UK, there are many spillage incidents from businesses. If these business water spillages contain hazardous water, this can cause issues for the local environment and companies. For companies that deal with hazardous waste, such as handling chemicals in the chemical industry, a leak can be catastrophic. This links with trade effluent and wastewater.

      The authorities that deal with environmental legislation are below. If there’s an on-site spillage relating to business water or trade effluent, it’s recommended that you contact:

      EA – Environmental Agency

      NIEA – Northern Ireland Environmental Agency

      SEPA – Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

      Natural Resource Wales

      A section 104 sewer agreement is a strict agreement between businesses and sewerage undertakers. For developments and businesses, the sewage and wastewater systems have to meet agreed standards. This is called a section 104 agreement.

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      The amount you pay on your water bill doesn’t just cover your commercial water supply. You’ll also be paying for additional services. These include sewerage services. Your premises will produce wastewater, such as from toilets and kitchens. They also produce effluent waste, which is liquid waste contaminated with oil, grease, chemicals or food waste. All of these drainage and sewerage services will be added as an extra to your bill.

      The amount you’re charged by business water suppliers depends on a few factors. For example, the amount and strength of the effluent before it reaches the sewer. You’ll be charged a set rate for these services in one of two ways. The first is a set charge, if you have a water meter. The second is a set amount based on the value of your property. If you are a large business using a lot of water, you could be eligible for a special tariff. This is known as a large user tariff, which could make your water cheaper.

      Water and sewerage charges can be confusing. Utility Bidder can help you get to grips with your water bills and understand what you’re paying for. Our expertise and industry knowledge are also invaluable when it comes to comparing business water suppliers. We take all charges and costs into account, so you can be confident you’ll be paying the fairest prices across the board.

      According to our independent research, as many as one in three businesses have been previously overcharged on their business water accounts. The issue could be with the supply of water. Alternatively, you could have overpaid for sewerage services or surface water removal.

      Did you know that this can all be claimed back? If we can find evidence that you’ve been overcharged for business water in the past five years, you could have a claim.

      The best way to find this out is with a water audit. We’ll check your previous water bills and give you honest advice you can trust.

      One in 10 businesses have experienced water supply issues:

      Step One

      It all starts with a free water audit from Utility Bidder. To manage your water effectively, we need to understand your current spend. It can also be helpful to assess the amount of water your business uses. Our experts will take a look at 12 months of previous water bills. We’ll be able to identify problems with billing, usage and/or charges. This also gives us a clear view of your spending, so we can search the market for more competitive deals. 

      Step Two

      Could you claim back money on your water bills? This is what our expert team will find out. We’ll look into historical charges of up to six years. If you have a case to gain a rebate for overcharging, we’ll find it. We will also discuss a site audit with you. This could open the door to potential further savings.

      Step Three

      Utility Bidder is dedicated to finding savings for businesses. If we see the potential to save money on your water bills, we’ll tell you just how to do it. This could be switching supplier or renegotiating with your existing one. Our recommendations are honest, practical and trustworthy. 

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