Why your small business water bill might need attention


Date: 13 May 2021

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Water is a necessity, whether you're a homeowner or a business owner. If your business were suddenly without a water supply, it could be a major concern and could even put a halt to your production line.

In the UK, water shortages is not an everyday issue. However, by knowing how and where your business uses water, you can become of more efficient consumer of water.

The UK Government started investing in the water industry in 2018, increasing small businesses' average water rates. An increase in your water bill means there's less cash to invest in other areas of your business. Most business owners would agree that they would rather invest money in working towards achieving business goals than paying everyday bills. So, here are some tips on how you can reduce your water bill.

How to reduce your business water bills

Check for water leaks

All businesses will need a lavatory for staff or customers. A leaky toilet will waste gallons of water and contribute to a high water bill.

You can check for leaks by simply walking up to your toilet and listening to it. If you hear an odd noise, check your water supply, ballcock, and seals to make sure the toilet is not leaking.

Alternatively, you can do the dye test. You will need food colouring or a dye tablet to run this test. You have to put in a few drops of colouring into your toilet cistern. Then, you must wait 15-20 minutes before rechecking the toilet bowl. If there is dye in the toilet bowl, there's a leak from the water tank.

Water recycling and water reuse

These two are the simplest way to save on your water bill. With these two practices, you will be able to conserve your water correctly.


  1. Sustainability - You don't have to compromise the future to meet the needs of the present.
  2. Reduced environmental impact - There will be less waste getting into the environment.
  3. Less demand on freshwater supplies - Using recycled water reduces the demand on freshwater sources.

Changing habits

Usually, wasteful behaviours are the primary reason for high water bills. Work with your employees to improve everyone's water consumption.

  • Develop a water conservation plan. Educate your employees on how they can conserve water. You should lead by example if you want your employees to get behind the scheme. Set water reduction target and regularly check if you are meeting them.
  • Implement water saving measures. For example, instruct employees to shut off the air conditioner whenever they are not needed to save water and energy. Or insist that the dishwasher is only turned on once it is fully loaded.

Explore alternative water suppliers

Your current water supplier may not issue accurate bills - especially if they are based on estimated meter readings. Ask yourself whether your supplier is helpful. Do they provide you with water-efficiency advice or technology? Do they supply value-added services or offer a deal perfect for your consumption habits?

Your water supplier should not be one of the reasons why your bill keeps increasing. Your water supplier should provide services that meet your business needs and access to specialist partners to receive support for your business's further water management needs.

What are the benefits of switching water suppliers?

  1. You can find a company whose customer service is tailored to your business needs.
  2. You can find a supplier that offers consolidated billing for all your business water supply and wastewater services across multiple sites.
  3. You can find a more transparent company that provides accurate meter readings and responds swiftly to your inquiries or problems.

Embrace water-efficient technologies

The world is evolving, and technology keeps innovating. With water-efficient technologies, there will be less water going down the drain (pun intended). Even with essential water-efficient technologies, you can still conserve water.

You may want to switch your regular faucet to an aerated faucet which provides a reduced water flow. Installing an insulation blanket to water heaters will also help reduce the consumption of water. In addition, waterless urinals can also significantly reduce water usage and lower your utility bills. You may also opt to install timers and controls which automate your conservation efforts, resulting in reduced waste.

Copyright 2021. Article was made possible by site supporter Castle Water.

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