March 18 Newsletter

March 18 Newsletter 8th March 2018

Savings Through Water Management

In previous newsletters we have described the advantages of switching water supplier. However, switching supplier for an improved deal is only the first step in reducing the cost of water to your organisation. The largest financial savings are in water management to reduce the volumes of water consumed.

Water costs can be between 1 and 2% of a company’s turnover. Savings of at least 20% can be achieved by investing in no and low-cost water reduction techniques and technologies.

Before embarking on a programme to reduce water consumption, it is important to have a clear and easily understood plan. To be successful, the plan needs to be written down in a concise manner. The elements of a successful water reduction plan are:

Scope of work – the plan should state whether the whole site is to be addressed or just one part.

Programme – a timetable covering all of the planned activities should be drawn up.

Project team – team approach, with representatives from all of the appropriate departments, is the most effective.

Team leader or ‘champion’ – a member of staff whose role is to advocate water and wastewater efficiency throughout the organisation.

Reporting – ways of promoting awareness and disseminating details of progress to the rest of the organisation should be developed.

Resources – the resources needed to carry out the programme should be defined and approved.

Management systems for ongoing improvement – the need for ongoing improvement should be recognised and accepted by the team.

Commitment and motivation – it is important to ensure that the team knows why the work is being done, what it hopes to achieve, are aware of any constraints imposed on the programme, are motivated to achieve success and committed to the task.

Briar Associates have a dedicated water management team that can develop and work with you on your water management programme. The use of our non-intrusive ultrasonic water meters provides vital water profiling data for water management. For more information, contact us today on 01384 397777.

Current Market Position


February saw gas and power prices rise significantly due to unplanned outages, falling temperatures and decreased flows from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium.

A series of unplanned outages related to the very cold weather saw prices start to rise midway through the month. There were problems with a pipeline to the Netherlands, resulting in a reduction in gas flows as well as technical issues at facilities in the UK including at the North Morecambe Barrow terminal.

High demand in Europe led to a reduction in Interconnector and BBL (the Netherland pipeline) flows. With European countries also experiencing the severe cold snap, competition for supply intensified resulting in National Grid issuing a gas deficit warning for the UK. This is an indication to the market that more gas needs to be made available causing gas prices to rise sharply to help attract more supply. Within day prices surged to a five-year high as the cold snap was set to plunge temperatures more than five degrees below seasonal norms.

Low imports of Liquefied Natural Gas also tightened supply. With the cold spell forecast to continue into early March LNG tankers were finally being drawn away from the Asian market, where they were being pulled by higher prices, into Europe.

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