HomeHelp and adviceExtra care

Priority services

Priority services

Are you already on our priority services register?

If you've recently received an email or letter asking you to update your details, you can do this online.

We aim for your taps to have a constant flow of water, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But if things ever do go wrong with your water or wastewater services, we can offer extra help and support if you need it.

Watch our video to learn more.

By signing up to our free priority services register, we can tailor our services to you and prioritise how we support you if your water stops, as well as our day to day conversations with you. You can register for priority services if you have an ongoing health condition or meet any of the criteria listed below. If the list below doesn’t apply to you but you’re self-isolating or have coronavirus, you should not register - instead, visit our dedicated coronavirus help page.

  • Are eligible for a pension
  • Have restricted mobility or a physical disability
  • Have a chronic or serious illness
  • Need a consistent supply of water for a medical condition or equipment (such as kidney dialysis or skin conditions)
  • Need foreign language or further communication support (such as dyslexia)
  • Have problems making decisions that affect your daily life (such as dementia)
  • Are registered blind or partially sighted are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Are living with a mental health condition
  • Are experiencing temporary life changes
  • Are a family with young children under 5

Support with coronavirus

Coronavirus is a short-term illness and water supply disruptions are rare. We want to help as many customers as we can during this difficult time, but we always need to prioritise those who have a medical need for water.

If your water stops at home, please ask friends, family or neighbours to support you with getting bottled water.

If your water stops for an extended time, you’re unable to leave the house and those supporting you in other ways (such as grocery shopping) cannot bring you water, we’ll do our best to deliver some – if this is the case, please call our 24 hour helpline on 0800 316 9800.

If you need other support, visit Age UK, Citizens Advice and Mind.

Tailored communications to meet your needs

If you need your bills sent to you in a different format such as braille, large print, on a coloured background, read over the phone or even emailed to you, we can help. You can even nominate a family member, friend or carer to receive updates for you in emergencies. Simply contact us today and let us know what you need.

Proactive support if your water supply turns off

When you join our priority services register, you can enjoy peace of mind with our dedicated phone line for water and waste emergencies. If you’re medically dependent on water or on dialysis, we’ll call you to explain what’s happened and check if you need our help. We also offer additional support during an outage such as bringing bottled water straight to your door. You can sign up online, email us or call us.

Sign up to priority services

Get in touch

Email us.

Call us on 0800 009 3652 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

If your hearing or speech is impaired, you can contact us using Relay UK.

Other help and support

Support from electricity companies

If you’re elderly, disabled, have a long-term health condition or communication needs, you may also want to register for support from your electricity provider.

Two companies distribute electricity in our area. You can search using your postcode to find out which one supplies your address.

Learn more about the services from UK Power Networks or Scottish and Southern Electricity Network.

Preventing Bogus Callers

If you or a family member live alone and feel uncomfortable answering the door, join our doorstep password scheme and stay safe from doorstop callers.

Learn more about bogus callers

Help paying your bill

If you find budgeting or paying bills difficult or want to explore further support services when it comes to paying your water bill, visit our help page for further financial advice.

Get help paying your bill

Foreign language support

Please contact us directly on 0800 009 3652 if you or a family member needs foreign language support. We have an interpreter service available to assist any customer who may need support.

How we handle your priority services data