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Your business now has a choice of water suppliers. Make sure you’re getting the best service and price for your water. Our team can offer all the advice and support you need to find the right tariff for your business.

What is the open water market and how does it work?

What is the open water market?

For a long time, businesses were not able to choose where they got their water from. This changed in 2017 when the English water market was deregulated. In other words, it’s become open to competition.

Much like the energy market, the water sector is monitored by a regulatory authority, in this case, Ofwat. Businesses, charities and the public sector now have a choice of water suppliers, allowing non-households to benefit from this competition.


Impartial Advice

We’ll never convince you to make a switch that’s not right for you. Our team can make independent recommendations to help you get the most from your supplier.

There are multiple benefits to the open water market

The benefits of the open water market

Increased competition between water suppliers brings multiple benefits to consumers, including lower charges, improved value for money and better customer service. By switching suppliers, you could see a 40% reduction in your water bills, saving your business money.

At Tariff.com, we want every business to benefit from lower water bills. That’s why we’ll provide you with all the information, comparisons and switching support you need to find a water supplier that suits your business.

Explore our new regional water map

Explore Our Regional Water Map

Your business or organisation now has a choice of water provider. If you’re unhappy with your current price or service, you can switch to a different water supplier.

Our regional water map shows the different suppliers available in Scotland and England. Find out more about the suppliers available to your business with our interactive map.

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Water Audits With Tariff.com

Our consultants will carry out a water audit to analyse your water bills and determine if you’re being overcharged. We’ll then use our findings to reduce your spending and help you take control of your water bills.

We can also carry out a water use survey for your business or organisation to estimate your overall water usage. Our team will present a detailed report to you, alongside our recommendations to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

What to expect from us

Tariff.com complete a full site survey

Complete site survey

We’ll carry out a survey of your business to determine your water usage, providing the data you need to optimise your water bills.

Our Tariff team with discuss all future strategies with your business

Future strategies

We’ll help your business develop a comprehensive strategy to save money and use water more efficiently.

Water management

Water management

Our consultants can make managing your business water easier, monitoring your usage and billing on your behalf.

Our expert team will compare the whole water market to find you the best deal

Compare the whole market

Now businesses have a choice of water providers, we’ll ensure that we compare the whole market to find you the best deal for your business.

Here at tariff, we will provide you with expert advice.

Expert advice

Tariff.com can provide the expert advice your business needs to take control of your water usage and bills, ensuring supportive professionals are by your side every step of the way.

Centralised billing all in one place

Centralised billing

If you want to take the stress out of managing your utility bills, the tariff team can do everything for you, centralising all your billing through us.

Why is business water cheaper then domestic

Is business water cheaper than domestic?

Since businesses cater to more people and are often larger than households, their water bills tend to be higher. But that doesn’t mean that businesses are charged more for their water. In fact, businesses tend to get a cheaper rate on their water rates. But why?

In 2017, the water market was deregulated for non-household premises in England and Scotland. This means that businesses, charities, and organizations can choose their water supplier and switch to a cheaper tariff to save money. There are a lot of factors that go into calculating your water bills. Competing suppliers can set their own charges to offer a cheaper price to business customers.

Business Water Rates

All businesses have to pay water bills. And your water bills are comprised of a standard set of charges. Here are some of the standard rates your water suppliers use:

Potable water standing charge

Potable Water Standing Charge

This is a fixed daily charge that you have to pay, regardless of water usage. It will still apply even if you use no water at all. The standing charge goes towards maintaining the water infrastructure and networks across your region.

Potable Water Metered Rates

Potable Water Metered Rates

This charge will depend on the amount of clean water your business uses. Your water meter will measure the volume you use and your water supplier will take regular meter readings to calculate your charge.

Wastewater standing charges

Wastewater Standing Charges

Wastewater refers to any water that exits your property via sewage pipes. Like the potable standing charge, your business will have to pay a fixed daily rate, even if you don’t produce any waste. The charge helps to cover the cost of sewage system maintenance.

Wastewater metered rates

Wastewater Metered Rates

Your business is charged for every cubic meter of wastewater that ends up in sewers. Your supplier will most likely calculate this using your potable water meter reading, on the assumption that the clean water you use eventually turns into waste.

Surface water drainage rates

Surface Water Drainage Rates

This charge covers any rainwater that lands on your property’s boundary and is removed via the drainage system. It’s used to maintain the drainage system which helps to prevent flooding. What you pay will depend on your supplier, but usually bigger areas incur larger charges.

Trade effluent rates

Trade Effluent Rates

Trade effluent is any liquid that your business produces and discharges that isn’t regular sewage e.g food waste, chemicals etc. Most businesses won’t produce trade effluent and so won’t be charged. Whether you pay this will depend on the sector you work in.

Business Water Frequently Asked Questions

The team at Tariff has provided Trans4orm Fitness with a fantastic service from start to finish. Following their expert advice, we opted to procure our energy long-term to protect the business from increases in prices, and as such we saved over £16,000 a year! We’re now using 100% Green Electricity too, which is important to be sustainable for our customers.


Trans4orm Fitness

Our Account Manager Rachael has provided Elite Group with a fantastic service from start to finish. She audited and reviewed our Energy for multiple sites, aligned all of our contracts to one supplier and one end date. Rachael also forward procured our energy before the price increases, and has saved us thousands a year by doing this. I would highly recommend working with them and see how they can help your organisation!

Elite Group

The service we received from the Tariff team was second to none. They understood the requirements of the organisation and offered a professional service. The Tariff team were able to save us money on our energy and this was even more so important for us being a charity returning from the effects of COVID-19. I would use Tariff again!

Llanharan Community Development Project Ltd

I rarely give public testimonials, but I’d like to recommend Tariff.com as an outstanding energy consultation service. Aside from recommending Tariff.com as a company, because personal recommendations based on experiences and feedback are the strongest of all, the benefits of using Tariff.com are factual and more welcome.

Adani Ltd

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