Northumbria Water helps businesses cut costs with new technology

Northumbria Water helps businesses cut costs with new technology

Northumbrian Water is helping businesses identify and act upon opportunities to reduce their water, gas and electricity usage, and lower the cost of utility bills, with the launch of a new Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system.

AMR uses wireless technology provided by contract partner Zeco Energy to log data and allow users better control over their spending.

Andy Sinclair, business development manager at Northumbrian Water Group Pipeline Solutions, said: “Automated Meter Reading has been developed to support businesses to reduce a major expenditure through a simple process of monitoring utility usage.

“AMR is adaptable to all utilities and is a great way of delving into an organisation’s utility use and finding ways of cutting usage and, therefore, cutting costs.”

Organisations involved in trialling the system included Redcar & Cleveland Council and North Tyneside Council, who want to reduce water usage in order to make savings on their bills.

Elizabeth Kemp, from Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “We found the whole process really easy and NWG Pipeline Solutions took care of everything from start to finish.

“Their training was straightforward and easy to understand and the web portal is easy to use and resulted in considerable savings for the council."

Jon Kent, chief executive officer of Zeco added: "Working with Northumbrian Water Group, we are able to help businesses, local authorities and other organisations to identify issues and find solutions that will help them to bring long-term savings on their utility bills.

"The pilots at Redcar and North Tyneside councils have shown that it is often a hidden problem with a simple resolution that can make a big difference to how much utilities can cost."