Here's what you need to know about water meters and how they save your business money.

By submitting a water meter reading, you could lower your business water bill overnight, simply by ensuring the next bill is up-to-date and based on recent consumption. Do this regularly, and you'll only ever pay for what you use.

So why are business water meters so useful when it comes to calculating your bills? Well, here is what you need to know about water meters, how they can save your business money, and what to do if you don't have a water meter.

What are the advantages of a water meter?

Water meters provide an up-to-date figure for your business water consumption. Submitting regular water meter readings means your bills will be based on recent readings that reflect your businesses actual water consumption. These regular meter readings will also help you to spot potential savings opportunities, by highlighting consumption patterns that can be used within a water efficiency plan.

How are businesses charged if they don’t have a water meter?

Businesses without water meters will be placed on a business assessed tariff with an assumed level of usage based on a number of factors.

Business assessed tariffs are normally evaluated on the following criteria:

  • the number of hours per week the business operates
  • property type
  • the number of full-time, part-time and seasonal workers employed by the business
  • the purpose of water used in the business property

In addition to the evaluated criteria, you will also pay:

  • a charge related to the rateable value of the property

Current assessed water charges can be found in our Scheme of Charges.

Are water meters expensive?

The cost of a water meter will depend on where needs to be installed and the size of meter required. In some cases, a business can have their meter installed free of charge.

You can find out if you are eligible for a water meter by contacting us.

Is it easy to have a water meter installed?

In most cases, a business should have no problem going ahead with meter installation. The installation of a new water meter is subject to a survey by the water wholesaler that is responsible for the water and waste networks in your area.

If the wholesaler doesn’t think a meter is a good match, they’ll help figure out what alternative options a business can take.

Are water meters hard to use?

The way a water meter works is similar to your household electric and gas meters. Read our 'Top tips for reading your meter'.

Every business premises has a unique Supply Point Identifier, also know as a SPID, to identify the water and/or sewerage supplies at the property. To find out more about your SPID number, read our article 'What is a SPID?'

Making a difference

For every meter reading you submit, Castle Water will donate £1 to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.

We are proud to partner with Save the Children and support their Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund helps give children caught up in emergencies access to safe, clean drinking water when they need it most.

Want to know more about getting a meter installed? Get in touch

If you run a business, we can help bring your water bills down.

Get more information on water meters.

You can also call us on 01250 718 700 or contact us.