Independent water retailer Castle Water has secured a major national contract through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for the provision of water and wastewater services to the public sector in England.
CCS is an executive agency and trading fund of the Cabinet Office of the UK Government which helps the public sector to maximise commercial value for common goods and services.
In April CCS brought the largest public sector water framework agreement to the UK market with the bulk transfer to Castle Water of English customers in Portsmouth, London and the Thames Valley. Castle Water will now extend its services to supply contracts for up to three years to select public sector customers nationally, including those located in Yorkshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
Sam Ulyatt, Strategic Category Commercial Director for CCS, said: “The agreement will eventually support the public sector to save £20 million on its water bill, leveraging the buying power of the public sector to support the delivery of efficient and effective public services.”
John Reynolds, Chief Executive of Castle Water, added: “We see this as a further opportunity to use our expertise in delivering best value and significant cost savings for our growing number of public sector customers in the new competitive market.”
Castle Water is licensed to provide water services in both Scotland and England and are regulated by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland and Ofwat. In 2016, the company acquired the business customers of Portsmouth Water and Thames Water in 2016 in advance of deregulation of the English water market in 2017.