What is waste water?
Waste water is quite simply second hand water – the water that your business has used and wants to eliminate from the building. Waste water refers to the water that goes down the sink, the water that is flushed down a toilet, the water that is drained out of washing machines and dishwashers – in other words any water that your business has used.
Naturally some businesses will have more waste water than another – consider for example a hotel with 300 bedrooms, a large kitchen, a laundry, a swimming pool and spa vs. a small independent retail shop, obviously, the hotel is going to have a lot of waste water.
However, waste water will also fall into different categories depending on how much pollutants are in it – a factory could have waste water full of chemicals, industry waste water could also need special treatment as could agricultural waste water. It’s an area that most of us don’t even think about but it’s an expensive business for water companies who have to treat, dispose and ideally recycle the waste water and that’s why waste water charges can be expensive.
How are business waste water charges calculated?
Most businesses will have a water meter and your water provider uses this to work out how much waste water your business produces. They look at the water that flows in and out of your system on a daily basis and the breakdown of the waste water before it is transferred to the drain field.
They will also consider the septic system, it’s size and maintenance and how easy it is to control septic bacteria. The fees you are charged will also be based on the treatment and collection of waste water to include trade effluent and foul sewage – costs are based on the amount produce and the strength of the trade effluent. Highways drainage and surface water also form part of the calculation.
While your business water provider will always try to be fair when costing your waste water charges, they can get it wrong which is why a water audit that looks in details at your water and waste water usage is a good idea. Around one in three businesses have been overcharged by their water supplier and if working with an independent broker such as Businesswaterquotes.co.uk will make the process of getting this money back much more likely.
Managing your waste water
It is important to ensure that all equipment used offers the latest in water saving technology, for example dry rather than flush toilets are becoming more popular while we are all used to water-saving economical taps. However, in order to make a real difference to cutting the cost of your waste water charges you need to go much further.
- Install a water meter if you don’t have one.
- Educate your staff about the cost of water and waste water – get them on board to consistently look for ways to stop wasting water.
- Where feasible install appliances that actively save water.
- Fix leaks and drips as soon as they appear and do a monthly check of your business premises
- Running a tap for cold water can waste litres of water so install water coolers instead.
Have a water audit
Ask Businesswaterquotes.co.uk to conduct a water audit on your business. We just need to see some of your old bills and we can soon work out if you can save money on your business water rates. Our experts are able to carry out an in-depth price comparison across the water suppliers to find you the best water charges for your business water costs.
We do all the hard work to find the most affordable tariff for your water and waste water charges leaving you to sit back and save money and defend your bottom line. As well as saving money on your water charges, you will also be helping to save what water usage which means you will become an environmentally responsible business which is always something to be proud of.
Get in touch with our waste water experts today and see how easy it is to start saving money and water.