Laura Sharman 26 July 2019

Nottingham Council to supply its own water

Nottingham City Council is set to become the first council to run its own water services in-house, saving an estimated £64,000 a year.

Using new powers, the council is moving to a self-supply model and will buy water directly Severn Trent Water.

The council has also launched Water Efficiency Loan Scheme (WELS) to improve water efficiency across its buildings saving an additional 10% a year.

Cllr Sally Longford, deputy leader of the council, said: ‘Becoming a water self-supplier is an exciting next step for us as we seek to further reduce costs through innovative resource efficiency across our own estate.

’As a large consumer of water, we are looking forward to having more control over this vital resource and will be looking for ways to use water more efficiency to lower costs and improve our environmental performance.

’We can streamline the service, cut out the margin that goes to others in the supply chain and plough the savings back into further resource efficiency projects.’

Read our feature looking at some of the key areas for local authorities to consider before becoming involved in the provision of utility services.

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