Elis UK improves water efficiency by Self-Supply Water and Waste Water Services Licence

Textile, hygiene and facility services company Elis (formerly Berendsen) has been granted a licence to self-supply water and wastewater services for its 32 sites across England in support of its attempts to enhance site level water efficiency.

As a large provider of outsourced laundry, the organisation has invested heavily in water efficiency measures. But the company states to feel that more could be achieved and consequently applied to The Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT) – the body responsible for economic regulation of the privatised water and sewerage industry in England – for a licence.

A self-supply licence enables companies to be active participants in the open water market. This will not only help improve the understanding of non-domestic water customer needs, but also fuel innovation and consumption and cost decrease in the longer term.

Elis is one of eight organisations taking this path. Hospitality giants such as Greene King, Whitbread, Marston’s and Coca Cola European Partners, Heineken UK and Stonegate Pub Company have also chosen this road to self-supply.