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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Should I replace my lead pipes?
We would encourage you to consider replacing lead pipes as the newer material of pipework normally medium density polyethylene (MDPE) is more recommended and durable. We’ll replace any lead supply pipe for which we’re responsible free of charge. We’ll need a minimum of...
What is water pressure?
Water pressure is the power that moves water from our main pipes into your pipes and into your home. The pressure of the water in the supply system is created by gravity due to the height of the source of the water, in the below example; a reservoir. (It may be assisted...
How can I contact you?
You'll find all of our contact information here, which includes our most frequently asked questions, arrange a free call back form and our telephone numbers.
What area do you serve?
We provide water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall and small parts of Dorset and Somerset. Our region is nearly 4,300 square miles (11,137 square kilometres) in size. There are 1.6 million residents and around 5 million visitors a year. We provide clean water to...
How do I arrange for my water to be tested?
If you have a private water supply or are a business you can supply a sample to us for testing at our laboratory by completing our online form. If you have a concern about your water supply, please contact our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020
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...