BT has applied for a self-supply licence, which would allow it to provide its own water retail services.

The communications services company said in its application that the licence would present an opportunity to “build on the works already undertaken” and “develop its partnership with Waterscan whilst driving cost and consumption control, particularly through a single electronic bill”.

It said: “Clarity of data is key to monitoring BT’s performance and it foresees this as a huge benefit from moving to self-supply. Taking control of data will help BT to provide more accurate reporting of consumption and spend which will improve identification of high consumption sites particularly on unmanned telephone exchanges and sites with a mobile workforce.”

Waterscan will provide BT with operational and technical support. This partnership will take the form of a contractual agreement between the parties and has been submitted as part of the application process to Ofwat.

So far, brewer Greene King, hospitality firm Whitbread, brewery and pub retailer Marston’s, Coca Cola European Partners, and Blackpool Council have all been granted licences. Meanwhile, Stonegate, Heineken, and Berendsen are still waiting to see if they have been successful.

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