Covid 19 – Our customers in local lockdown areas

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Updated: 18:00 28 September 2020

With the Welsh Government introducing lockdown measures in areas across Wales, we are having to take additional precautions to help keep our colleagues and customers safe in these areas. These areas currently are:

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough
  • Caerphilly County Borough
  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
  • Bridgend County Borough
  • Blaenau Gwent County Borough
  • Newport
  • Llanelli (town)
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Torfaen County Borough
  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough

We know that our role – providing water and wastewater services - has never been more important. As essential key workers, you will still see Welsh Water employees working across these areas to maintain services but we will continue to carefully implement social distancing and safety procedures. All of our colleagues will also adhere to rules on wearing face coverings in indoor public areas.

We are temporarily limiting visits to households in these areas to doing emergency or essential works. Examples includes if you have issues with your water supply or flooding in the property. Please get in touch with us as usual and we will advise you what will happen next.

Before we visit, our teams will contact you in advance to confirm that no-one has shown (in the last 48 hours) or is currently showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, but we hope you understand that we’re doing this to keep you and your families safe.

We will keep you informed of any other changes through updates on this site and via our social media channels - Facebook & Twitter.

Lead in drinking water


A tighter standard for lead in drinking water came into force in the Water Quality Regulations in December 2013. Lead in water comes from old lead pipes that can be present in properties built before the 1970s.

Over a number of years, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has invested millions of pounds installing additional treatment (phosphate dosing) at many of our water treatment works to reduce the amount of lead dissolved from lead pipes. We take thousands of water samples every year to test for lead and of these over 99% will achieve the new lead standard.

When we find the level of lead in a water sample is above the regulatory standard we will contact the customer to advise on what to do to reduce their exposure to lead and we will also test neighbouring properties. We will replace any lead pipes that are our responsibility i.e. between the water main and the property boundary. The pipework from the property boundary into the property is the responsibility of the customer.

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Water Health Partnership Lead factsheet

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There are strict regulations governing the maximum amount of lead allowed in drinking water.