The regulator for the water sector in England has published an update outlining the support available for business customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ofwat has encouraged anyone who may be struggling to manage their water bills to contact their retailer in the first instance. If you’re not sure who your water retailer is, you can find more information here.
All retailers in England are required to offer eligible customers a ‘COVID-19 Repayment Scheme’ so that they can pay what they can afford, over an agreed timescale.
If your consumption has reduced, or if you’ve been forced to close your premises due to lockdown restrictions, it’s important that you notify your water retailer as soon as possible.
Make sure you provide them with up to date meter readings – they will then be able to discuss your options and in some instances, they may be able to put your account on hold.
Under the current restrictions for COVID-19, meter reading activities are still permitted. However, some retailers are reporting issues with obtaining reads. Ofwat has given the following guidance in relation to this:
Where an accurate meter read cannot be obtained by the retailer, an estimate can be used. Business customers can help ensure these estimates – and their bills – are accurate.
Our dedicated water optimisation team has over 20 years’ experience in producing savings and refunds on behalf of our clients, and can support you with procurement, bill validation, monitoring, water audits and leak detection.
For help with your water management, get in touch with Wayne Brown at Inspired Energy on 01772 689250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Inspired Energy plc