Saturday 22nd Jul 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Buying scheme to cut £20m from water bills

Wakefield-based buying organisation YPO is working with the government’s procurement agency, the Crown Commercial Service, on a scheme design to help the UK’s public sector save more that £20m on its water bills.

From 1 April 2017, most business and public sector organisations will be able to choose which company supplies their water and associated services like automated meter reading, leak detection and customer service.

YPO, together with The Energy Consortium, ESPO procurement services, North East Procurement Organisation, West Mercia Energy, the MoD, and the Crown Commercial Service will bring the largest public sector water framework agreement to the UK market.

YPO’s managing director, Simon Hill said: “Following the opening up of the water market, this is the first agreement of its kind in the UK. It offers public sector organisations a fully compliant route to securing the best value supplier to deliver essential water services. All suppliers on the framework have been robustly assessed on their capability to deliver to a high standard. By using the framework, public organisations benefit from a shorter procurement process, reduced operational costs and increased efficiency.”

The multi-supplier framework will be live and available for the opening of the market in April, running for three years with the option to extend by a further 12 months.

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