UK manufacturing to be boosted by water reform

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English non-domestic water market reform could be a major boost for UK manufacturers, according to business water retailer, Water Plus.

Businesses of all sizes will have the opportunity to choose their water and wastewater retailer, or consolidate all of their sites with one supplier, for the first time from the start of April.

Water Plus said that manufacturers should expect to see an increase in the products and services on offer from retailers as the market opens up, particularly around management of water, wastewater and trade effluent.

David Slack, head of industrial sector at Water Plus, said: “The changes coming into force in April present an important opportunity for manufacturers. Water is vital to their processes.

“Ahead of April, manufacturers should review their water and wastewater needs with their retailer. They should see a more tailored approach from their supplier and better services on offer when the market opens.”

Only businesses in Scotland or those in England using more than five million litres of water per year have been able to shop around previously.

Tony McHardy (pictured left), corporate director at Water Plus, said: “This is an exciting change in the market which will drive an improved range of services for manufacturers across the UK.

“Charges are unlikely to vary dramatically, so if customers are looking to make savings then they need to look at the wider support that’s available from suppliers.”