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Utility Week 3rd March 2017

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UtILItY WEEK | 3rd - 9th March | 19 If there is a significant difference, it stores the rainwater then releases it at a controlled rate, reducing down- stream flood risk. The tank continues to empty aer the wet weather has finished. Barratt installed the tank to satisfy its mandatory Sustainable Urban Drainage requirements. If you have an asset or project you would like to see featured in this slot, email: paulnewton@fav-house.com Pipe up Aaron Burton C an retail competition lead to improvements in water efficiency and who will deliver this? From April 2017, 1.3 million non-household water cus- tomers can choose their water and wastewater retailer. Twenty-six retail licences have been granted so far, how- ever questions remain about whether they will have the skills and capacity to deliver the services to enable the water efficiency savings projected by the Cave Review. Many of those moving into the water sector come from wider sales or environmental backgrounds. Water efficiency has been a key benefit of retail com- petition in Scotland, where businesses have been able to choose their retailer since 2008. When CCWater surveyed businesses in England in 2014, most cited perceived benefits of competition including reduced consumption through advice on water use, guidance on water efficiency and water recycling; and improved consumption information from smart meters and monitoring services. Companies with high water consumption and spending – and multi-site companies – also highlighted the promise of heightened corporate social responsibility through water efficiency and recycling meas- ures and green tariffs. At the Waterwise Retail Com- petition event in January, regulators and retailers dis- cussed the skills and capacity gap in England in deliver- ing water efficiency. In response, Waterwise is developing a non-household water efficiency training programme based on our training programme for household water efficiency awareness and home visit programmes. The programme will launch in late March or early April 2017 and include two levels. Level 1 will provide the background to water efficiency, behaviours and retrofit options to support customer call centre staff, business developers and key account managers. Level 2 will build on the previous level but go into more detail about undertaking a water audit with a customer and the practicalities of retrofitting devices – tap aerators, dual flush toilets and urinal controls. We will develop further training courses at Level 3 based on specific industry sectors and processes. By addressing the skills and capacity gap within the industry we hope to ensure water efficiency remains at the core of service innovation. We also expect customers to benefit more broadly from consistent messaging on water efficiency and benefits across water bills, energy bills and on carbon emissions. Aaron Burton, director of projects and programmes, Waterwise "Regulators and retailers discussed the skills and capacity gap in England in delivering water efficiency" We hope to ensure water efficiency remains at the core of service innovation Operations & Assets

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