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Why water deregulation is a good thing for schools

Jun 07, 2016

The deregulation of water in England is scheduled for April 2017 – this means that non-domestic users in England will be able to choose their supplier for the first time giving schools choice in their water supplier.  Fundamentally, the argument for deregulation centers on introducing more competition into the water market. The water market in England has mostly operated as a series of regional monopolies like Thames Water, Yorkshire Water and Northumbrian Water.  By introducing more competition into the marketplace you increase the incentives for suppliers to reduce costs or provide a better service. Ultimately, this will lead to more benefits for consumers. 

This is great news indeed as it is an opportunity to negotiate better prices and choose a company that really delivers an excellent service.  For schools with multiple sites dealing with multiple suppliers and multiple bills, the benefits of having a consolidated account from one supplier will ultimately save administrative time and money.

As part of the complete review of water charges offered by WaterWatch UK, we are offering a water procurement service which means that we will do all the hard work for you by going to market and obtaining the best market discounts available.  One which offers a combination of best competitive quote together with best levels of service. We are able to administer the complete switching process for you.  To register your interest in this free service, please email Greg Shelton at

It’s an exciting time but why wait for 2017?  If you haven’t already taken advantage of the free bill analysis service offered by WaterWatch, send copies of your water bills to us now to ensure your accounts are already in good order in readiness for the change to the market next year.   


Greg Shelton and Barbara Gregory

WaterWatch UK

Category: Cost Savings

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