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.

Finding an approved installer

We want to make sure that any work completed on your plumbing system or fittings complies with the regulations, and help keep drinking water safe.

To do this, we recommend using an approved contractor. This can come with a lot of benefits:

  • They are qualified, and have received specific training about the regulations.
  • They will give you and us a ‘work completed’ certificate.
  • An approved contractor can carry out some plumbing work without approval from us, which can limit delays.
  • They should have the right insurance to protect you and them if anything goes wrong.
  • Approved contractors and businesses are audited to make sure they are working in the right way.

There are various approved training schemes, such as WIAPS, which is run by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) on behalf of Welsh Water and a number of other water companies. The following link gives further information about WIAPS and how plumbers can become registered. All approved contractors or businesses that have gone through this training, can become members of WaterSafe.

WaterSafe want to improve plumbing work and make drinking water as safe as possible. They do this by making it easy for you to find all the approved contractors or businesses in the UK. It’s all online and you can search below. As an example, although it’s fine for all manner of plumbing fixtures, fittings and appliances to be sold, how they are then used and fitted could be illegal. Approved plumbers, should know this, and use approved fixtures, fittings, appliances and materials.