COVID-19 information
COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is understandably causing lots of confusion and concern, but we want to reassure you, your essential services from us will be unaffected.

This help centre is here to answer some questions we've had from our customers and communities.


Read our full statement on COVID-19 here.

Contacting us

Our contact centres are much busier than usual. Please help us support our advisors by only calling if you have an urgent issue with your water services.



You can use our website to:

  • tell us you're moving home
  • make payments
  • set up or change Direct Debits
  • give us meter readings
  • sign up for Priority Services,


and more.


It's quick and easy to create an online account at  


Financial support and payment breaks

We're here to help all our customers who need it.


If you're struggling to pay your bill, we can help. We have lots of financial help schemes, from discounts to bill caps. We know everyone's situation is different, so please get in touch to talk about what we can do for you.


You can apply for a payment break online. The form is very simple and we will try to get back to your application within 10 working days. Please note, we are very busy helping lots of customers who have been affected by COVID-19, so we may take longer to respond.

Extra support with Priority Services

We also offer extra support, with our Priority Services. They're free to all our customers who need them. Even if you don't need these services, you may know someone who does. There's no need to call, it's easy to sign up online.



Like everyone else, we’ve been advised to stop non-essential contact with other members of the public where possible. 


This means appointments and events are being rearranged, and we might need to ask you a few more questions than usual if we’re carrying out home visits. 


If we have not been in touch with you yet, and you feel unwell or would prefer to rearrange, please call us on 0345 782 0999 or send us a Facebook Message.


Our top priority is keeping our teams, customers and communities safe. Thanks for your patience.


Your water services
Is my water safe?

We know that the COVID19 virus cannot be transferred via water. So there is no risk to our customers and your drinking water. We are confident that any trace of the virus would be eliminated very effectively by water treatment, especially chlorination.


And any virus present in sewage would be substantially removed by wastewater treatment and undergo deterioration and loss of infectivity in the environment.

Will you run out of water with all the extra hand washing?

No, there's no chance we will run out of water. Please remember to put your safety and hygiene first.


There are ways we can still save water during this time. When washing your hands, turn the tap off, before using the water to rinse.


If you're working from home, only fill the kettle as much as you need for your cups of tea. This will save water and save energy!


Use your favourite song to keep time in the shower.


Use any water-fed appliances like dishwashers and washing machines on the eco setting.


All these tips will help keep bills and wasted water down.

What should I do if I spot a leak?

You can check if a leak has been reported on our Leak Map here.


If you can't see the leak on our Map, report it with the online form.


You should get an email to confirm your report.


Thanks for your help!

Will the water stop if your employees are sick or isolating?

No, we have a large, skilled team. They're working even harder to make sure you continue to get your water and sewerage services.


We're taking extra precautions by training more staff and putting restrictions in place on home visits to help keep everyone healthy.

What if I need water to my new development?
Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and our efforts to follow government guidance, our teams are currently operating from home.


We are still working very hard behind the scenes to try and keep in touch with our customers as much as we can. However, we are adapting to working in alternative ways and as a result our service offering to you may look different and feel different. It also may take us longer than normal to respond. We are sincerely sorry for this. But, we hope that you understand that our staff’s health and safety is first and foremost at the current time.


Essex & Suffolk Water have also taken the decision to suspend all mains laying and service connection activity including meter fitting on sites. We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for some customers but we are keeping things under constant review and will provide an update when this situation changes.


For any design and pricing questions or general queries please continue to email us in the first instance and we will reply back via email. However, it may take us up to 10 working days to respond, but please remember, we’re trying to help many customers so we may take slightly longer to reply.


Due to us home working, we would ask that you don’t send us written correspondence in the post at the moment or send us any payments via cheque.

Further information can be found within our Developers section.

Bills and payments
I've lost earnings due to Coronavirus and I'm struggling to pay my bills, what can I do?

We understand that the advice to isolate has caused a lot of disruption.


If you are struggling to pay your bill, for any reason, please let us know.


We have lots of ways we can help, from discounts to bill limits.


Find out more at

How can I pay my bill?

You can make payments online, with our app, by bank transfer and more.


If you normally pay with cash at a PayPoint, you can make one off payments by card with our app, or with our website. It's much quicker to make payments with an online account, but don't worry, you don't need an account to pay.


Will my bill go up with all the extra hand washing?

If you have a water meter, your bill may go up slightly.

The increase will be very small, so please remember your hygiene and safety comes first.


Will you turn the water off if I can't pay my bill?

No, at times like these, hygiene is more important than ever. If you're struggling to pay your bill, please talk to us, by Facebook Messenger or calling 0345 782 0111. We will do everything we can to support you.

Can I apply for a payment break?

Yes, and you're able to do this online! Please click here to apply quickly and easily.


We will try to get back to your within 10 working days, but please note our teams are helping lots of customers, so this may take slightly longer.

Managing your account
How can I tell you I'm moving home?

It's quick and easy to tell us you're moving home online. Click here to get started!

How do I create an online account?

It only takes a few minutes to create an online account. We've got a short guide here to help you if you're stuck.

Your contact centres are really busy, how can I manage my account?

Our contact centres are really busy, so please only contact us if you have an urgent issue with your water services.


Use our website to:

  • tell us you're moving home
  • make payments
  • set up or change Direct Debits
  • give us meter readings, and
  • apply for a water meter,

and more.


Create your online account to get started.

Can I manage a business account online?

Yes, but you must be authorised on the account. To make sure you're authorised, please use Facebook Messenger, or call 0345 782 0111. Please be aware, our advisors are very busy at this time, and there may be a queue.


As an authorised person on the business account, you can create an online account with your own personal information. This means once you're logged in, you can see all the accounts you manage in one place.


Please note, you can only manage 10 customer accounts online.

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