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Can I build over a public sewer?
Yes, if your extension or proposed building work is over or within 3 metres of a public sewer or lateral drain, you’ll need to let us know. You’ll need to check our...
What are the current Assessed charge prices?
If you receive a single service (either water or sewerage) your annual 2018/19 assessed charges will be calculated: Assessed charge type Water only Sewerage...
What do I do if I have a blocked drain or sewer?
For blockages on a public sewer, please contact us on 0344 346 2020 so that we can confirm responsibility. We’re responsible for maintaining public sewers and we’ll...
Where can I find my customer reference number?
Your 10 digit customer reference number can be found at the top of your latest bill.If you can’t find your bill, we can call you back. Please complete the details in our...
My bill is in credit, can I get a refund?
If your latest bill is in credit and the bill is based on a reading rather than an estimated read (if you are on a meter), you can complete the details in our Arrange a...
Can I change my payment plan?
The easiest way to change your payment plan is to talk to us so that we can advise you of the range of options available and make sure you're on the most suitable payment...
Can I pay regularly by instalments?
Yes, if you’d find it easier to manage your bill my paying more regularly, we have payment plans available: If you don’t have a meter:Annual bills with payment due on 1...
Why has the water cover been marked with paint?
We use blue paint to either mark a location of a stop tap or meter when we’re planning maintenance work or when we know there’s a fault that needs resolving. Other...
Where is the external stop tap?
The external stop tap (which is our responsibility) will usually be installed at the boundary of your property in the pavement. If you’re on a water meter the stop tap...
My water is discoloured, what do I do?
To clear discoloured water, run the cold tap that is fed directly from the mains (usually your cold kitchen tap) for up to an hour, checking it every 10 minutes to see if...
Why is there a smell or taste to my water?
There are lots of factors that can affect the taste or smell of your water. We treat and test all the water we supply and sometimes the cause of a taste or smell can...
Where is my meter located?
Generally we install meters outside of your home in the footpath or front garden. It will sit within a chamber under a small square or rectangular cover and will usually...
How do I read my meter?
Your meter will look similar to the meters in the pictures below; How to read your meter If you have an outside meter, lift the chamber lid using a screwdriver...
If I sell my house after installing a meter, will the new occupier have to pay metered charges?
Yes any new occupier will pay metered charges, even if you’ve reverted to unmetered charges within 24 months of having the meter installed.
Can I have a water meter if I live in a rented property?
Yes, if you have a tenancy for more than 6 months you have the right to have a meter installed (under the Water Industry Act 1999). To apply for a meter please see our...
15th March 2019
Meet Doug: The tunnelling dragon speeding up roadworks in Plymouth
08th March 2019
South West Water wins top customer service award
South West Water has been recognised for excellent customer service at the 2019 UK Customer Satisfaction Awards.
04th March 2019
South West Water leads ReFill revolution to combat plastic pollution
South West Water is making 3,000 refillable bottles available to communities in Devon and Cornwall in a bid to combat pollution from single-use plastic bottles.