Water Plus secures supplier spot for public sector for second time

Date: Oct 2020.

Business water retailer Water Plus has again secured a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework which will allow it to be a water, wastewater and ancillary services supplier to public sector organisations across the UK.

The framework is expected to save the public sector approximately £20 million.

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Water Plus won a number of substantial Public Sector contracts while on the previous framework, which they secured a place on in March 2017. These included: Greater Manchester Police and Bury Council.

The CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. The framework lasts for 4 years, starting from 1 December this year. In 2019/20, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits worth over £1bn - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

Tony McHardy, Commercial Director at Water Plus, said: “Our water expertise, range of services and experience of working with and adding value to public sector organisations has been recognised once again by the Crown Commercial Service and helped to secure our access to this restricted list.

“We manage the water and wastewater services for many public sector organisations, including some of the largest and most diverse in the UK – such as councils, schools, colleges, universities, UK Government-owned sites, prisons, hospitals and the emergency services - so we understand their different needs and drivers and we’ve helped organisations make significant savings across their portfolio, reducing water use and contributing to their sustainability aims and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Amongst the work with various public sector organisations in the last year, Water Plus teamed up with a London-based university to install more than 30 Automatic Meter Reader (AMR) data loggers, so they could get more information on their water use across their sites and see where any issues or savings opportunities were.

Data monitoring from the loggers made it possible to identify and fix a 1,750 litre per hour leak.

This year Water Plus also helped one of the largest universities in the UK install 29 AMR data loggers, which showed leaks on two sites - which were losing an estimated 100 cubic metres of water a day. Another large university has been supported this year with their maintenance programme after 17 data loggers were installed, making more data on water consumption available to them to help identify any weak points on their sites’ pipework.

To help schools this year, an interactive water leak checklist for site managers and caretakers has been provided by Water Plus for use on smart phones, tablets and laptops (and to print out, if needed).

And the retailer also commissioned research last year to help public sector utility and facility managers on water attitudes of public sector employees and, as part of highlighting water efficiency and its benefits across England and Scotland, it regularly joins industry events and meetings including the Greater London Authority’s Water Advisory Group, chaired by the Deputy Mayor.

Water Plus is now listed by the CCS for the key areas of Water Supply and Sewerage Services and Value Added Services (called Water Ancillary Services by CCS) which covers services such as water efficiency, leak detection and repair as well as (smart metering) installing Automatic Meter Reader (AMR) data loggers, which can be attached to water meters, with data accessible to customers through an AMR online portal. You can find out more about these services here.

Further notes
Crown Commercial Service
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office, supporting the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.

You can find out more about CCS here.
Follow the CCS on Twitter at @gov_procurement and on LinkedIn here.

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