Find out who your retailer is
From April 2017, all businesses in England (including charity, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, where eligible*) are now able to switch their water supplier and their water sewerage or trade effluent supplier, much like you can now in the energy and telecom sector.
The new open market allows businesses to switch their water and sewerage retailer. We still supply you with water and sewerage services but we now bill your Retailer, who in turn sells this service to you, as their customer.
You can find more information on the Open Water website .
A list of retailers who operate in your area can be found here - Find a supplier change supplier to retailer.
If you are a retailer, please refer to our Wholesale services site.
If you haven't yet switched then your retail services will still be via South West Water Business
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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 or similar tool. You may need to use a tool to scoop out any soil or rain water that has built up...
How hard is my water?
Most of our area is sourced from moorland rivers and reservoirs and is classed as soft or moderately soft. In East Devon the water comes from deep underground boreholes and this water is classed as slightly or moderately hard. You can read more about Water...
What are Rateable Value charges?
Rateable Value is a fixed rate tariff used to calculate unmetered charges. It’s based on the council rates of your property (not your council tax band) and was assessed before 1990 by the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue. A number of factors were taken into...
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 free call back section on this page so that we can discuss the refund with you. If you’ve moved or...
How do I arrange for my private or business water supply to be tested?
If you are a household customer and are concerned about your water supply, please contact our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020. If you have a private water supply e.g a borehole or well, or you are a business, you can arrange to supply us with a sample so that we can...
What kind of laboratory tests and services do you carry out?
Our laboratory carries out a wide range of chemical and microbiological tests. We analyse environmental and recreational samples to support business’ meet their regulatory and public health requirements. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online...
When will I have the results of my sample?
After you’ve given us a sample, following quote and agreed analysis, we aim to provide you with an analytical sample report within 10 working days.
How should I deliver my sample to your laboratory?
You should bring your sample in a cool box or temperature controlled environment of 2-8 degree’s. We offer a courier driver to deliver samples between the designated collection points listed below across Devon and Cornwall to our Exeter Laboratory. Barnstaple...
What public health and environment services do you provide?
Our Laboratory analyses environmental and recreational samples to support businesses in meeting regulatory and public health requirements.
Do you carry out Legionella testing?
Yes, our laboratory is accredited for the analysis of Legionella in hot and cold water systems, swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form.
What is the stability (preservation) time of a chemical or micro-organism within a sample?
The chemical and biological matter found in samples may degrade over time and therefore each chemical or micro-organism is allocated a time in which they should be analysed. This ensures that the result reported is representative of the sample when it was taken. Details...
Can you test our trade effluent?
Yes. Our laboratory offers an independent analytical service for trade effluents. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form
What does a CON29DW drainage and water search contain?
The Conveyancing 29 Drainage and Water (Con29DW) is designed to identify any liability that you may incur as an owner and uncover problems that may impact on the property value and lead to expensive maintenance bills. The search contains: An analysis of the risk of...