This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Find out more.

Compare Business Water Prices

Protect your business from rising costs. Fix your water retail fees for up to 3 years!

Compare Business Water Rates Now

Water icon

In April 2017, the business water market in England opened for competition allowing businesses to choose who supplied their water. The changes aimed to offer more choice to business customers and put an end to overly expensive business water rates and contracts.

Over 1.2 million businesses can now switch their water supplier and avoid the regional monopoly based on the location of their premises. If your business hasn’t yet switched water suppliers, you could significantly reduce your water bills by comparing water suppliers today.

British Business Energy can help you find the best deal for your business to ensure you never have to overpay for your commercial water again.

Compare Business Water

What Are the Benefits Of Switching Business Water Supplier?

The overall objective of opening the water market for competition was to give business customers more choice at a reduced cost.

Some of the benefits of switching your supplier include:

Switch icon

Lower Water Rates

Lower bills are the most obvious benefit of comparing business water suppliers. The price you’re currently paying will be dependent on where your business is located. As tariffs from the leading water providers can vary significantly, you could make real savings by switching water providers.

You can take advantage of new competitive rates by comparing prices with British Business Energy.

Switch icon

Consolidated Billing

If your business has sites in multiple locations, you now have a great opportunity to consolidate your bills. Previously, if you had sites in different areas of the country, you would have contracts with several water suppliers with separate billing and various customer service teams.

Now, your business can choose one provider to supply all your sites with one contract and consolidated billing.

Switch icon

Improved Customer Service

Increasing levels of customer service was one of the most important aims of the deregulation of the water market.

Businesses now have the option of switching water suppliers if they are unhappy with the customer service they are receiving from their current provider.

You will also have the option of choosing the water supplier that best matches the requirements of your business.

How Does The Process of Switching Business Water Suppliers Work?

We aim to make the process of switching business water suppliers as simple and hassle free as possible.

All we need from you is a few details about your business and your current water supplier. Our dedicated water team will then get to work to find you the best business water rates available.

The entire process can be completed in three easy steps:

Compare icon

Step 1: We discuss your water requirements

Our specialist team will discuss your current usage and your businesses requirements to ensure we can find a deal which suits the needs of your business.

Switch icon

 Step 2: Compare the best business water rates

Our team will provide you with the best business water quotes available from our trusted supplier. All you need to do is chose the right deal for you.

Save icon

Step 3: Complete your switch and save on your bills

Once you’ve chosen the deal you’d like to, our dedicated team will take care of the process of moving you to your new water provider.

How Much Can I Save by Switching Business Water Suppliers?

The amount your business could save by switching water suppliers will depend on your business size, location, and your water usage.

However, there is some guidance offered by the water market in Scotland which opened for competition in 2008. Since deregulation, Scottish businesses have saved more than £133 million on their commercial water rates. This includes £73 million in discounts and £54 million in efficiencies.

Couple in a pub drinking by a fire


UK Business Water Retail Providers

Your business water differs from your energy supply as part of the service continues to be provided by your regional water company or 'wholesaler'.

You can then choose to switch business water retailer providers. This is the company that takes care of your bill and all customer facing services. If you've never switched water retail suppliers, you will be with your default provider based on your location.

Here, we've provided a table of the available retail providers in the UK:

Water Retail Provider Description
Everflow Began as an independent retailer in Scotland before launching in England. Everflow has switched more customers than any other retail provider.
Water Plus Created from United Utilities & Severn Trent with many customers served by default.
Castle Water Began as an independent company in Scotland before acquiring business customers of Thames Water. 
Business Stream Business Stream was formed out of Scottish Water and is the default provider for Scottish customers.
Source for Business Part of Pennon Water Services, Source for Business formed out of South West Water.
Water2Business Water2Business was formed out of both Wessex Water and Bristol Water.
Wave Wave was created out of Northumbrian Water and Anglian Water.
SES Business Water SES Business Water was formed out of wholesale water only company, Sutton & East Surrey.
Clear Business Water Formed as an independent water retail company and has acquired most of its customers through switching.
First Business Water First Business Water is a small independent water retail provider offering services to business in England.
Smarta Water Smarta Water formed as a small independent water retailer supplying businesses in England and Scotland.

Why Switch Water Provider With Us?

We will provide your business with free, impartial advice to help you find the best business water rates available.

By comparing water prices with us, you will have an expert on your side throughout the switching process. They will be on hand to get you set up with your new water provider and answer any questions you may have on the process.

We’ll even stay in touch with you when your contract is ending to ensure you remain on the best water rates and never overpay for your business water again.

To find out how much you can save on your business water bills, compare the latest prices with British Business Energy.

Could a Water Audit Lower My Business Water Rates?

The regional lottery on water rates has resulted in some businesses in the UK being overcharged by up to 65%.

With a water audit, your business can benefit from in-depth research on your water rates and usage to discover how you can save money.

Your water audit will cover:

  • Usage and consumption checks
  • Drainage checks
  • Sanitary checks
  • Return to sewer checks

If you spend over £1,000 on your water bills annually, you can even receive your water audit completely free of charge.

Business Water FAQs

  • Are Water Rates Different for Businesses?

    Whilst domestic users are only provided by their regional supplier, non-domestic customers can switch to any water provider in the UK. This gives much greater flexibility to businesses as they can compare prices and just the best supplier for their needs.

    Business water rates are often cheaper than domestic water rates due to the higher usage of non-domestic users.

  • How Are Business Water Rates Calculated?

    The way your business water rates are calculated will depend on whether or not you have a water meter at your premises.

    Premises without a meter will be charged a set rate which is usually based on the value of your property. 

    Premises with a meter will be charged a set daily standing charge and a rate based on the volume of water used. Charges for foul and sewerage will also be charged based on the amount and strength of effluent discharged.

  • Do Business Water Rates Have VAT?

    VAT is only added to business water bills for certain industries. This depends on how your business uses its water supply. If your business uses water as a direct input during production, it will be taxable by VAT.

    The VAT rate of 20% will be applied to your water bills.

    An example of industries that are likely to pay VAT on water bills includes:

    • Utilities
    • Construction
    • Food production
    • Textile production
    • Mining

    If your business does not use water as a direct input during production, you will not be charged VAT on your water bills.

  • How Is the Business Water Industry Regulated?

    Ofwat is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors to protect the interests of consumers. This includes ensuring water companies properly carry out their functions and ensure water companies can finance their functions.

  • What Types of Water Meter Are Available for Businesses?

    Most business premises will have a water meter installed. A standard water meter requires you to send readings to your water provider. It’s important to send regular readings to your supplier to receive the most accurate billing possible.

    An Automatic Meter Reader (AMR) offers automatic readings which are sent to you. This allows you to receive more accurate billing and helps to avoid overcharges on your account.

  • What Is a Section 104 Sewer?

    A section 104 sewer falls under Section 104 of the Water Industry Act. This is a legal agreement between a developer and a water company. The developer agrees to build sewers to an agreed standard which the water company will then take over.

  • Is It Possible to Claim Back Overpaid Business Water Charges?

    If your water bill is in credit, you may be able to claim a refund from your provider. You will need to contact your water provider to claim your refund. Most suppliers will offer a refund either by bank transfer or by cheque. 

    If you are in credit at the time of switching to a new water provider, you should be entitled to a refund from your old supplier.

Phone Icon

Speak to an Expert About Your Business Water Prices

Call now on 020 3981 9657

Lines Open:
Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday Closed
Compare business water