Water retail

DEFINITION: Water retail competition allows non-domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services in the same way as they can select their energy supplier. The market opened in April 2017. Previously all but the greatest water users were mandated to use their local suplier(s).

 

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Business Stream claims its customers have saved more than £160m on their water bills

Greggs builds appetite for water efficiency with service switch

On-the-go food retailer Greggs has chosen water retail company Business Stream to supply services to all of its managed outlets and major production sites across the UK.

The retail water market launched on 1 April 2017, allowing eligible non-household customers in England to choose their water and wastewater supplier

Water retail market reaches 100,000 milestone

More than 100,000 supply points have switched water retailer in the first 10 months of the market, according to figures released by the market operator - MOSL.

Roadchef’s new contract with Wave includes water and energy efficiency audits at each site

Roadchef switches water supplier to drive efficiency improvements

Motorway services operator Roadchef has switched water and wastewater supply for all 27 of its sites in England to Wave.

The new open water market launched in April 2017 and it’s the largest of its kind in the world

Marston's brewer receives water self-supply licence

Brewery and pub retailer Marston's, which operates more than 1,600 pubs, bars and lodges has been granted a self-supply licence to supply its own water and wastewater services.

Earlier this year, CCEP announced that a 10.3% reduction in water usage had been achieved since 2010

Coca-Cola applies for water self-supply licence

Multinational bottling firm Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has redoubled its water stewardship commitment by applying for a self-supply water and sewerage retail licence.

As a self-supply licensee, Whitbread will pay wholesale prices

Whitbread first hospitality firm to be granted water self-supply licence

Regulator Ofwat has granted hospitality giant Whitbread a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its brands in England.

CCWater said retailers need to do more to explain how switching can benefit even the smallest business, through the provision of tailored services, simpler billing and better customer service

Majority of SMEs still unaware of water retail competition

More than half of small businesses are still unaware of the open water retail market, according to research by the Consumer Council for Water.

The health and wellbeing retailer is anticipating

Holland and Barrett capitalises on water retail competition with new supply deal

Health food retailer Holland and Barrett has brought hundreds of its UK sites under one contract for water retail services, after striking a new three-year deal with Anglian Water Business.

The water efficiency work has been possible due to the water market opening in England at the start of April this year for businesses, charities and public sector organisations

Businesses bag big savings through water retail competition

Metal manufacturer Magnesium Elektron is among a number of organisations from across the public and private sectors that have realised thousands of pounds' worth of efficiency savings by capitalising on the UK's newly opened water retail market.

Ofwat has seen

36,000 businesses have switched water retailer since market competition opened

More than 36,000 businesses have switched water retailer since the market opened to competition earlier this year, with around 60% of those switches coming from low-water-users.

The open water market is expected to deliver up to £200 million of benefits to the economy and water customers over the next 30 years, through improved service and value for money

Water market opening has made an 'April fool' of businesses

Businesses have been taken for an "April fool" with the promise of a competitive and open water market, utility consultancy Utilitywise has insisted, as research reveals fewer than 1% of businesses have switched water retailer since the market opened.

A self-supply licence will allow the company to pay just the wholesale price, and not the retail margin added by suppliers

Marston's brewery seeks to supply own water retail services

Brewery and pub retailer Marston's has applied to Ofwat for a water self-supply licence, which would allow it to provide its own water retail services.