We offer a wide range of ways to pay and to help you plan your budget.

Ways to pay

We offer a wide range of ways to pay and to help you plan your budget.

Whatever your circumstances, we have a variety of payment plans to suit your needs. Our team of customer advisors can be reached on 0345 782 0111 and will be happy to provide you with any information you need.

Direct Debit

Payments can be made on the 8th, 18th and 28th of the month. If you pay by Direct Debit, you will automatically receive a reduction of £3.75 on your next bill. To set up a Direct Debit please complete our online Direct Debit set-up form, or alternatively call us on 0345 782 0111.

Telephone us to pay by debit or credit card

You can make a payment by calling our 24/7 automated payment service on 0800 432 0225. You will need your 12 digit customer reference number, found on your bill and your debit or credit card details. If you would like to make a payment and also require another service, you will need to speak to a customer advisor. Please call 0345 782 0111 (8.00am until 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.00am until 1.00pm on Saturday).

Online by debit or credit card

Pay your bill online - You can pay your bill online, 24 hours a day using your debit or credit card.


Pay by cash free of charge at any PayPoint outlet. You can find your nearest outlet by clicking on the link to the right of the screen.


You should make any cheques or postal orders payable to Essex & Suffolk Water and send them with your payment slip to Essex & Suffolk Water, PO Box 292, Durham, DH1 9TX. Your customer reference number should be written on the back of your cheque. Please do not send cash or post dated cheques through the post.

Your bank

You can take your payment slip and pay your bill at any bank over the counter. This is normally free at your own bank or if paying in cash at any NatWest branch.

Telephone or internet banking

If you have online or telephone banking, please follow the instructions below:

• Please make payments to sort code 57-09-59 and account number 00000000.

• When making a single payment, only include your customer reference number, no additional names or addresses are needed. Your customer reference number is 12 digits long and will appear in three blocks of four numbers on your bill.

• Please enter your customer reference number without any spaces between the numbers.

• If you are paying multiple accounts, no reference numbers should be included in the narrative. Instead a remittance, detailing the separate customer reference numbers and amounts, is needed. This can be sent by email to, fax to 0191 301 6808 or posted to the above address.

Post Office

You can pay your bill at any Post Office using the payment slip. There is a charge of £3.15 for this service.

Santander BillPay

You can also make debit card payments using Santander’s Billpay facility, please be aware payments can take up to four working days to credit your account. To make payments visit

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    Customer reference number

    Your 12 digit customer reference number is printed at the top right hand side of your bill.


If you are having difficulties paying your bill, don′t ignore it - talk to us. We want to help and our trained staff will discuss the best payment method to suit your situation.

Pay your bill online

pay your bill online  

You can pay your bill online, 24 hours a day using your debit or credit card. Find out more



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