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4 FAQs About Water Bill Validation

As a business, water bill validation is one of the most effective ways to save yourself money where your water supplies are concerned but also help protect this precious resource for future generations.


This is becoming increasingly important as time goes on and pressure is increasingly put on water supplies around the world, even in the UK, which is famous for its somewhat damp and soggy climate. You might not yet know it, but some parts of the country are expected to see demand outstrip supply in as little as ten years’ time.

But there is a lot you can do as a company to operate more sustainably and help to protect the environment, which can see your water bills reduced, as a result. Here are some commonly asked questions to help you see if it’s right for you.


What are the benefits of validating your bills?


This service can help you make sure you’re being billed correctly by your water company. If you’re not careful, commonplace billing mistakes can see discrepancies arise that can run into thousands of pounds.


Big companies in particular can benefit because it’s necessary to continually audit charges and ensure you’re only paying for what you’re actually using, which can be tricky if a site is above a certain size or split across several locations.


How does it benefit the environment?


Did you know that three billion litres of water is wasted every day in England? By making sure your water bills are accurate, you’ll be able to spot any spikes, which could suggest you have a leak somewhere on site. Identifying these is key because you can repair them quickly, thus reducing the amount of water wasted in this way.


What does the process involve?


The first step you need to take in order to ensure your water bills are accurate in the future is to carry out a preliminary water audit. This will also help you to reclaim any funds from billing mistakes in the past. From there, bills can be validated on an ongoing basis to ensure that your billing continues to be accurate in the future.


It’s very easy for businesses to miss new charges being brought in because bills can be very complex, with all sorts of different tariffs and fees. New fees may go unnoticed, so having a third party constantly reviewing your bills can prove very beneficial.


What is the open water market?


Being able to switch water supplier is now an option for businesses, with the English open water retail market opening up in 2017. Opportunities delivered by deregulation in England include lower bills and charges, improved value for money, improved standards of customer service and more access to help in becoming a more water-efficient business. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us today.