To keep your charges as low as possible, remember to provide regular meter readings whenever you can. Ofwat allowed a period of reduced charges for businesses forced to close during the first lockdown between 16 March and 31 July 2020, but no similar discount is available for businesses affected by later lockdowns. If your business remained closed after 1 August 2020, or had to close again for a time in line with the government guidelines, you will still be charged for water services.
You can submit your meter readings here or by using the button below. We'll add them to your account right away and ensure they are used when we calculate your next bill.
Ofwat allowed a period of reduced charges for businesses who were closed due to Covid-19 between 16 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. The period was ended by Ofwat on 31 July 2020 so we are required to charge in full from 1 August 2020 onwards (unless your business premises was fully vacated). Premises are only treated as vacant (and therefore not charged except for any consumption) if they satisfy the requirements of i) being unfurnished; and ii) having no stock.
Let us know the dates you were closed between March 2020 and July 2020 by completing our Covid-19 Closure Form. If you have previously submitted a form to let us know you were closed and you’re unsure whether your bills have been updated to reflect the closure period, complete the form below and we’ll review your account and let you know.
Remember, metered consumption will still be charged even if your business was closed. If you haven't already, please provide up-to-date meter readings so your reduced water usage can be reflected in your next bill.
If you have a water meter, the calculation of charges on your bill from the Central Market Operating System (CMOS) are based on your previous meter readings. This means charges are calculated for each month based on your average daily consumption.
Although you can reduce your water usage, your bills may not be reduced for several months if we don't have an up-to-date reading, depending on when we take our normal meter readings at your premises.
You can take two meter readings yourself, 1 month apart, and submit them to us (submit each reading on the day you take them). We will use your readings in your next bill to ensure you are charged accurately for the water recorded on the meter.
If your bills are calculated on an assessed or unmeasured tariff and your consumption, hours, or number of employees has changed as a result of the Covid-19, we may be able to apply for a reassessment – in some cases this can significantly reduce bills.
Provide regular meter readings so we can make sure your bills reflect any significant changes in the level of water consumption at your premises. Consider setting up a monthly Direct Debit to spread out your payments. Let us know if you are unable to pay and apply for our Covid-19 Repayment Scheme here.
If you have had a temporary closure as a result of Covid-19 and are unable to pay your water bill, Castle Water will not take action, including serving a notice of disconnection, recovering default interest or impose late payment charges for the non-payment of invoices issued from 1 June 2020 up to 31 July 2020, or seeking to enforce the non-payment of invoices.
If you have had to permanently close your business due to COVID-19, please complete our permanent closure form.
Our customer services are available Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm. Call 01250 718700, use our webchat at castlewater.co.uk, or email us using the form at our contact form.
You can find advice and guidance on managing your water consumption at castlewater.co.uk/services/water-management