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Water Management Best Practices

In April of 2017 the UK Water Market opened up to businesses. Now giving the customers the opportunity shop around for water in deregulated markets which means that businesses have an advantage as suppliers compete for customer contracts. However, there is far more savings behind controlling utility use and spend. Here are a few best practices to help you get the most out of your budget.

  • GET EXPENSE DATA IN ORDER

    Manage and analyze bills to gain insight into consumption at the site level. Use this analysis to identify and respond to billing errors and gain transparency and insights on spikes or high consumption locations, which could mean incorrect meter reads or water leaks.

  • ENGAGE EMPLOYEES & UNDERSTAND HOW WATER IS USED INTERNALLY

    Encourage employees to keep an eye out for leaks and to adapt behaviors to conserve water. Repairing water leaks in faucets and sinks can add up to real savings, along with water conservation practices.

  • CHANGE INTERNAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOOK OUTSIDE THE BUILDING

    Controlling or modifying equipment can be a challenge given degradation due to age or improper use or installations, so look for opportunities to upgrade equipment to higher efficiency options. Investigate water efficiency low-cost and capital investments, as well as equipment specifications for new construction/remodel sites. Lastly, don’t forget to look outside the building at water consumption associated with irrigation. Are sprinklers watering parking lots instead of landscaping, or are they on when it’s raining? There are opportunities to revise settings and/or install advanced and smart irrigation controls to avoid pouring money down the drain.

 The business case is clear for investing in a water management program given the likelihood  of an upward trending water rate as suppliers gain control over outstanding business contracts. I encourage you to spend thirty minutes to watch our Utility Procurement In An Open UK Water Market to learn how to create a successful water management program.

Please contact us with any questions or for assistance for creating a water savings program that’s right for you.

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