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.

WaterSure scheme


If you already have a meter, or have requested one, the WaterSure scheme puts a cap on the amount you have to pay for your water.

How does it work?

WaterSure caps your annual metered bill amount so you won’t pay over a certain amount for the year, no matter what your actual consumption is.

The WaterSure Wales charge from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 is £343 (£143 for water, £200 for sewerage).

Am I eligible?

The scheme is available to customers who already have a water meter, or opt in to have a water meter fitted. To be eligible, you must be receiving a qualifying benefit or tax credit and either :

  1. have 3 or more children under the age of 19 living at your home who you can claim Child Benefit for, or
  2. have a member of your household with a medical condition that requires significant use of extra water

Qualifying benefits

You must be in receipt of at least one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (except families in receipt of the family element only)
  • Universal Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Medical conditions

Common conditions which require a significant amount of extra water can include:

  • Desquamation (flaky skin disease)
  • Weeping Skin (eczema, psoriasis, varicose ulceration)
  • Incontinence
  • Abdominal Stoma
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Renal failure requiring home dialysis (except where the healthy authority contributes to the cost of the dialysis

If you condition is not listed here, but still requires a significant amount of water, you may provide information in your application.

You don't meet the requirements if...

  • You don't have a water meter fitted at your property. If you'd like to have a meter fitted to qualify, please complete the WaterSure Wales application form, including the meter application form on page 5.
  • You water your garden with a non-handheld appliance, such as a sprinkler or domestic irrigation system.
  • You have a swimming pool or pond with a capacity of over 10,000 litres.
  • The property you're applying for isn't your main home.
  • Your property is used for commercial purposes.
  • You share payment of your bill with your neighbour(s)

How do I apply?

You can apply by downloading our WaterSure Wales application form.