When it comes to commercial water use, it’s obvious that the larger your business, the greater the costs involved.

It’s also fair to say that even if you make only small efficiencies throughout your business, the individual cost savings put together will make a significant difference overall.

How can I save money on my business water bill?

One of the quickest ways to reduce your business water costs is to switch water retailer to find a better deal. By combining your business water and wastewater services with one retailer, your business will benefit from:

  • One tariff
  • One bill
  • One payment
  • One supplier

This increase in efficiency is especially useful for large and multi-site companies, resulting in one bill from one supplier that covers all aspects of water use across all your locations. This makes it easier to stay in control of your costs without taking the focus away from your core business. Save even more time by setting up a Direct Debit so you can be sure that your utility expenditure is taken care of.

How can I reduce my business's water usage?

A water efficiency audit will take a detailed look at the way water is used throughout your business, assessing efficiency, and making recommendations on measures to take to save more resources. There are potentially significant savings to be made, even in office buildings where the use of water is basically domestic.

These measures include diverting grey water (water from sinks, washing machines and dishwashers, as well as collected rainwater) to flush toilets, water grounds and wash company vehicles. It’s also worth thinking about investing in aerators for your taps, controlled flushing in urinals, low-flush toilets, and flow controllers in industrial equipment.

Leak detection

The earlier you detect a leak the better. But the problem with most leaks is that they happen underground where you simply don’t see them. When the leak is on your grounds, you’ll be charged for the water, which could add up to a lot of wasted money. When you consider that something as tiny as a dripping tap can waste around 60 litres of water a week, how much will a leaking pipe waste?

By taking your own meter readings on a regular basis, you’ll learn what your site’s normal water consumption looks like, so when you see an unexplained increase in usage, it’s likely to be a leak. The sooner you investigate, the sooner you can fix it. As an example, we helped Swindon Borough Council find and fix a leak soon after it occurred, saving them an estimated quarter of a million pounds a year on wasted water.

Regular meter readings will also help you assess the success of any water-saving measures you implement. As a Castle Water customer, it’s easy to submit regular meter readings on MyAccount to help ensure your bills stay up-to-date and you only pay for the water you use.  As a bonus, every time you submit a meter reading online, we’ll donate £1 to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund – so you’ll be saving money at the same time as contributing to the well-being of children around the world.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Whatever your sector, CSR must be an important part of your brand values. Popular documentaries, such as Netflix’s Brave Blue World, are raising awareness and helping people realise that having such easy access to cheap water has to be a thing of the past. In fact, it could only be three decades until we reach the tipping point - known as the ‘jaws of death’ - when there’s no longer enough potable water to satisfy the needs of the world’s population.

By taking steps now to future-proof your business water, you will not only reduce your costs, but you will also be taking care of the long-term future of everyone. Contact us to find out more.

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