QMUL: Educating others to acheive water savings

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading research-focussed higher education institutions. With 25,332 students and an estimated water consumption of around 570,000m3 per annum across 39 supplies, they are one of the biggest University of London Colleges.

A lack of accurate meter readings and problems with QMUL’s existing water billing had proved highly demanding administratively. In addition, it was thought that an improved understanding of consumption trends would allow significant efficiency gains to be made. With the University setting ambitious targets for reducing their consumption, they were keen to look beyond short term unit rate savings and encourage long term efficiency with the help of LASER Energy’s Water Framework.

LASER & Water Plus

Based on the University’s specification, LASER built an innovative mini-tender with a strong focus on efficiency services through their OJEU compliant framework. Highly competitive offers were received from 4 different retailers, and after an in-depth review, the winning offer was received from Water Plus who provided a range of benefits tailored to the University’s requirements. Water Plus is a joint venture between United Utilities and Severn Trent, two experienced companies in the water market.

Strong supplier engagement throughout the transfer process led to a seamless switch of water services retailer. Working closely with the meter reader ensured that all meters were read, including those which hadn’t been recorded for many years. As a result, the initial billing run produced highly accurate invoices and the electronic billing format used allows LASER to analyse the consumption to highlight any incorrect billing or suspect consumption patterns through our Water Bureau Service.

Significant savings through AMR

Automated Meter Reader (AMR) meters are also being installed which should aid rapid identification of any leaks. This, as well as real time data monitoring of supply points allowed a 1,250 litre per hour leak to be identified and fixed. Left untapped, this would have led to a £24,000 per annum rise in water bills. This is just one example of how the new retail contract has allowed the University to move towards proactive water management. The graph below illustrates the spike in consumption, and the AMR identification of the leak, resulting in the problem being fixed and consumption returning to normal in a matter of days.

 

To read the full Queen Mary University of London case study, please click here.

 

LASER Bureau Service

Effective Energy Management is crucial to the identification and elimination of wasted water and the reduction of costs. This is why finding the right Bureau service is so important. LASER’s Bureau Service has been included to Queen Mary University of London's Water Mini Tender, resulting in the organisation benefitting from; validation, monitoring and in-depth reporting, which has been added to their existing energy dashboard.

As an existing LASER Bureau customer for their gas and electricity requirements, the university were able to collate all of their utilities together in a single location, monitoring all of their usage under LASER’s validation service and reducing the unit rate.

For more information about the LASER Bureau Service, you can download the factsheet here.