David Lloyd Leisure takes the lead on water efficiency

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Working in partnership with Waterscan to Self-Supply water.

David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) is the first company within the UK’s health and leisure sector to be granted a Self-Supply licence from water industry regulator Ofwat. The group’s decision to Self-Supply is an integral part of its commitment to manage water resources efficiently and innovatively.

As a Self-Supply licensee, it will:

  • Have complete visibility and control over its water data, consumption, and costs.
  • Pay wholesale prices – the price that retailers pay to the water companies, exclusive of the retail margin added by suppliers in the open water market.
  • Become a market participant and be able to directly influence the future of the water marketplace. It will become a member of Market Operator Services Ltd (MOSL) with voting rights and be able to attend the Self-Supply Users Forum.
  • Be able to supply water services to multiple sites.

Lee Manley, Sustainability Manager at David Lloyd Leisure, said: “We recognise the importance of our role and responsibility in contributing to a healthy society and a sustainable environment. As we move forward with our sustainability strategy, we are pleased to be supported by Waterscan, whose approach echoes our own, to build on the success of our water efficiency programmes to date.

“We have already rolled out automated meter reading and water efficient equipment at the majority of our UK sites, but there is more that we can do to reduce our water impacts. We believe that a self-supply license will enable us to accelerate our work on reducing our water consumption, as witnessed in other industries.”

Neil Pendle, Managing Director of Waterscan, commented: “We’re extremely proud to be working with David Lloyd Leisure, who we know to be strong advocates of sustainable water management. My hope is that our work together will inspire others in the health and leisure sector to take such a proactive stance.”

He continued: “The leisure sector has been under-represented in the water market so far. David Lloyd’s participation in the market as a self-supplier will therefore be of huge benefit, not only to its own operations, but also to Ofwat and MOSL who deeply value this type of engagement as they continue to shape a customer-focused marketplace.”

The news comes following DLL’s recent Carbon Trust Double Standard accreditation for carbon and water reduction performance, the only company in its sector to do so. Since 2018 the group has invested £8m to deliver a number of utility related initiatives and has diverted 99% of its waste away from landfill.

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