Waterscan cleans up on self supply with Berendsen

Industrial laundry Berendsen has become the latest business to apply for a self supply licence in partnership with Waterscan.

Berendsen operates 32 sites, most are healthcare, hospitality and workwear laundries, while four are sterile instrument sites. All require large volumes of water and produce large volumes of trade effluent.

Ofwat reported the company had been active already on water management: all sites have some form of water reclaim system in place and the firm holds the Carbon Trust Water Standard, alongside the Carbon Trust Standard. Ofwat added: “Self-supply for Berendsen provides an opportunity to build on the works already undertaken and further develop the partnership with Waterscan whilst driving cost and consumption control in the next phase of their water management strategy. In addition, it hopes that being an active participant in the market will drive further innovation and provide a direct customer voice in MOSL discussions.”

Berendsen has entered a partnership agreement with Waterscan to take on the role and responsibilities for the retail functions including meter reading, CMOS transactions, wholesaler management and finding further water efficiency savings. As such, Waterscan will act as the managing agent for Berendsen and provide technical support and services while the business will build relationships with wholesalers and pay water and sewerage charges through the settlement process.

This partnership will take the form of a contractual agreement between the parties and has been submitted as part of the licence process.

Ofwat is consulting until 21 August.