Water bills are actually one of the easier type of bills to organise. Each area of the UK has just one supplier of water for the area, so there’s no need to hunt for the best deal.
There are still a few steps to follow in order to get your water bill set up.
Because only one supplier operates in each area, it’s pretty simple to find who will be supplying your water. Do this on the day you move in, to keep things simple.
Once you’ve found your supplier, you need to contact them and set yourself up as a new customer. You can do this online or over the phone.
To complete your customer set up forms you will need:
The payment methods for water vary depending on whether your supply is metered or not. Standard tariffs are much more common than metered. However, some landlords like to make sure they’re not paying bills when the house is empty over holidays etc. so your house might be metered.
Water meters are very similar to any metered utility like gas or electric. A water meter simply records the amount of water you’ve used and charges you accordingly. Generally, the tariff can be higher than the usual standard tariff, but they are free to fit and if you follow some water saving tips, could save you a bit of money.
If you’re on a metered tariff, make sure to check the reading as soon as you move in.
The standard rate varies from house-to-house. You usually pay every six months.
The average standard tariff water bill in England and Wales is £405.
Standard tariffs are based on a government survey which estimates approximately how much water your house will use.
You usually pay for these either monthly or quarterly. If you contact your supplier you can set-up direct debits.
Almost every water supplier offers multiple ways to pay your water bills:
Find whichever is best for you. It is worth contacting the supplier and getting all your housemates names on the bill – share some of that responsibility!
Nope. Just because your landlord owns the house does not mean they are responsible for the bills inside, including bills from the previous tenant. That’s why it’s so important to organise your bills as soon as you can. Make sure you check all your utility meters, and take a reading to stop any issues with your energy providers.