Direct Debit - pay weekly, monthly or quarterly: an excellent way to spread the cost of your water bill
Using Direct Debit to pay your household bills has many benefits:
- It spreads the costs
Paying your regular bills or business costs by Direct Debit allows you to spread costs over a period that you agree with the organisation you are paying.
- It’s guaranteed
Direct Debit payments come with a guarantee so you’re automatically protected by three important safeguards:
- An immediate money back guarantee from your bank in the event of an error in the payment of your Direct Debit
- Advance notice if the date or amount changes
- The right to cancel at any time.
- It gives you peace of mind
Direct Debit is one of the safest and most reassuring ways of paying your bills because:
- Payments are made automatically, so bills are never forgotten, lost in the post or delayed by postal problems and there’s no risk of late payment charges
- Organisations using the Direct Debit scheme have to pass a careful vetting process, and are closely monitored by the banking industry
- The Direct Debit Guarantee protects you and your money. It’s offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the scheme.
- It saves you time.Modern life is hectic – but Direct Debit helps. It takes away much of the hassle associated with paying bills, and puts an end to queuing at the bank and filling out cheques. You’ll find it easier to stay on top of your bills, and you’ll know exactly how much money is going out each month.
You can change to paying your household bills or regular business payments by Direct Debit by using our handy online form, completing the appropriate Direct Debit form, or by calling us.
Watersure Tariff - capping costs for essential water consumption
What is WaterSure and am I eligible to apply?
There may be health reasons or circumstantial factors that result in your household using more water than average.
The WaterSure tariff caps your water and sewerage charges at the household average.
To qualify for this scheme someone in your household must be in receipt of one of the following state benefits:
- Council Tax Benefit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit (unless you only get the family element)
- Pension Tax Credit, or
- Universal Credit
Be either responsible for 3 or more children up to the age of 19 who live with you and, if over 16, are in full-time education, or someone in your household is living with one of the following medical conditions:
- Renal failure requiring dialysis at home, except where the health authority contributes to the water consumed
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Abdominal stomas, requiring treatment at home
- Desquamation (flaky skin loss)
- Weeping skin disease (eczema, psoriasis, varicose ulceration)
- Incontinence, or
- Any other conditions resulting in significant additional water use.
In addition to which you must be on a metered supply and the water supplied to the premises is not used for watering a garden, other than by hand, or to replenish a pond or swimming pool with a capacity greater than 10,000 litres, you will be entitled to a reduction on both your water and sewerage charges.
How do I apply?
or call our Customer Support team on 01978 833200
Here2Help Tariff - making water affordable for low income households
What is the Here2Help tariff?
Our Here2Help tariff is a subsidised tariff which reduces your annual bill.
How do I qualify?
Here2Help Tariff is only available if you are a domestic (non business) customer.
We’ll need to see proof that your total household income is less than £15,500 per year. So we can determine how much help you need, we’ll also need to see details of your household expenditure. And we may have to talk through your application circumstances with you. Sometimes we need help from a third party.
If you haven’t yet got a water meter, we’ll work out if getting one could help reduce your bill. If yes, we’ll expect you to accept the meter installation (after switching to measured charges, you’ll have 2 years to decide to switch back to unmeasured (non-metered) bills.
You can apply for Here2Help Tariff if you’re the:
- owner or the person responsible to pay at least part of the water bill for the premises
There’s many ways you can give us proof of your income and expenditure. We recommend you get in touch with and independent debt advice agency for help, such as:
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Debt Advice Centre
- self-help income calculation tools
If you’re not sure how to provide evidence, or if you can’t access any of the above, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Call our Customer Support Team on 01978 833200
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Direct - helping you pay your arrears
What is Water Direct?
If you’re on benefits, JobCentre Plus (Department of Works and Pensions) can pay some of your benefit allowance directly to us. Water Direct make sure that those payments don’t exceed a specified proportion of your benefit allowance
If your account is in arrears and you receive benefits, you may be eligible for the Water Direct scheme.
How do I apply?
Just email us at: email@example.com
or call us on: 01978 833200
Payment plan - spread the cost of your bill by paying in instalments
What is a Payment Plan?
Without a payment plan, you could have a relatively large sum to pay once or twice a year. If you have a water meter, we will bill you in arrears and send you a bill twice a year. If you haven’t got a meter, we will bill you in advance and send you a bill once a year.
A payment plan allows you to choose the payment frequency that suits you best so the cost of your bill is spread more evenly throughout the year.
How do I apply?
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone us on: 01978 833200