Blackpool Council has become the first public sector organisation to be granted a self-supply license to manage and monitor its own water usage for cost savings and efficiencies.
The license will enable the council to buy water supply and wastewater services directly from United Utilities for its buildings but manage the ‘retail’ side of its water, such as meter reading, administration and billing.
The aim is to achieve cost savings of up to £194,000 over three years, with the potential for further savings through water efficiency projects.
The move was possible thanks to changes to the water market which came into effect last year.
Most businesses and organisations in England can now choose which company they want to supply their water, which has encouraged suppliers to be more competitive on price and offer water efficiency services.
Water consultancy, Waterscan, has partnered with the Blackpool Council to support effective water consumption management and deliver cost savings.
Waterscan managing director, Neil Pendle, said: “We congratulate Blackpool Council on being the first public sector organisation to take a proactive approach to optimising efficiency in the open water market through its self-supply.
“We look forward to working closely with the council team to achieve its goals and to signal to other public sector bodies how they too could reduce their water footprint and costs.”
A recent report published by the Environment Agency has warned that England will face significant water supply deficits by 2050 if businesses and organisations fail to cut down on water wastage.