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Tax breaks on equipment

When buying new equipment, you might find the most water efficient options slightly more expensive. But water fittings in commercial buildings tend to be used very frequently, so payback times can be relatively short.

If you invest in technology or products that encourage sustainable water use, you may be able to claim 100% of the cost in the first year. The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme allows for this expenditure to be written off against taxable profits from the period in which the investment or purchase was made.

ECA water list

The ECA scheme is designed to encourage businesses to invest in water saving technologies such as:

  • water efficient showers, taps and toilets
  • industrial washing machines
  • flow controllers
  • leakage detection equipment
  • rainwater harvesting
  • small-scale slurry and sludge de-watering equipment



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