Welcome to your new home!

You'll find lots of popular tips and advice here, to help make your move as simple as possible.

Moving checklist video





1. Check your internal stop tap works

If you ever have a leak, you need to be able to turn off your water supply with the internal stop tap. Most stop taps are under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom.


Check your stop tap works by turning your cold tap on, and turning your stop tap to the off position. Your cold tap should stop running.


If this doesn't happen, it is important to get the stop tap fixed. 

Contact a Watersafe approved plumber.


In properties older than 1970, you may notice the stop tap is on a dull grey metal pipe. This is probably lead and we recommend you consider replacing this pipe work. When using water from lead pipes for drinking or cooking, run the cold tap for a few seconds to clear any old water away.


If you're not sure about the amount of lead in your tap water, we'll test a sample of your water for free.


Call 0345 782 0999 to book a free test.

2. Read about tastes and smells in the water in your new home

We get lots of questions about the taste and smell of water from new movers. Often, it's because the water supplied to your old home is from a different source to the water in your new home.


This can mean you notice a difference in taste or smell, but it is nothing to worry about.


Our water is treated to the highest standard, so we can supply you with clean, clear and great tasting water.


If your new property was empty for a while, there may be “old water” standing in the pipes.  Simply run the cold taps to get rid of the old water.


Click here for even more information about tastes and smells in your tap water.

3. Tell us you've moved, if you haven't already

Telling us you've moved is easy online. Fill in our form, it takes less than five minutes.

4. Create an online account

It only takes a few minutes to create an online account. You'll be able to make payments, set up a Direct Debit, give meter readings, check your balance, track your usage and more.


Create your online account today

5. Give us a meter reading

If your home has a water meter, don't forget to give us a reading.


You can give us a meter reading by logging in your online account or by using our free app. It's available to download from the App Store and Google Play


You can also call our free, 24 hour meter reading line, on 0800 032 3416.


If you can't read your meter, due to mobility issues, ill health or the meter is difficult to access, we can also arrange to read your meter for you.


To ask us about our meter reading service, please call 0345 782 0111. Please be advised, we require five working days notice before the home move to give us time to get the reading for you.

6. Do you need a little extra help?

Every customer matters, and we want to provide the best service we can.


Priority Services


Our free Priority Services include:

  • bills in Braille, large format or audio CD
  • Water delivered to you if supply is interrupted
  • British sign language interpretation
  • password schemes, to protect you from bogus callers
  • nominated contacts, so your trusted friend, family member or caregiver can manage your account for you, and
  • language translation services, if English isn't your first language.


Sign up for Priority Services


Financial support


If you're struggling to pay your bills and falling into debt, there are many ways we can help you.


We offer a range of financial support schemes from low income discounts, a bill cap scheme to payment plans.


Use our eligibility checker to find out how we can help you and which scheme you may be eligible for.

7. Make sure we can keep you informed

We work every day of the year to keep our water and sewerage pipes flowing.


Occasionally things can go wrong, and we want to keep you informed and updated during planned work or an emergency.


Sign up to our text alert service and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

8. Pop the kettle on

Yes, you've still got things to do, but everyone needs a break! Why not pop the kettle on?

Best of luck in your new home!

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