Understanding your water bill

We want you to understand how we calculate your bill, so it's clear what you need to pay, but also so you understand how much water you've used and how you can take steps to reduce your consumption.

Two companies provide your water services

Unlike some other areas of the country, your water service is actually provided by two companies. We supply your fresh water, and Wessex Water provides your sewerage service. We combine the charges for both into a single bill, so it's easier for you to pay.

How is my bill made up?

At times, some of the terminology on your bill can be confusing. Every bill is made up of a number of different elements and charges, based on the services we provide. Here's a summary of the main ones and what they mean in plain language.

Fresh Water Charge

This is the charge for the fresh, clean water that comes out of your taps.

Fresh water is the water you use for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing and watering the plants. It's the clean, safe water that comes into your home and out through your taps.

The charge for fresh water on your bill is made by Bristol Water for supplying these services to you.

Waste Water Charge
Standing Charge
Rateable Value
Metered bill

Still confused by your bill? Check our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact us

Problem with your bill?

Help with paying your bill

Let us know if you're struggling with your water bill or finding it hard to make your payment. We have a number of options and schemes that could help make things easier for you.

Bill higher than expected?

If your bill looks a bit high, or if you think we may have got something wrong, let us know. The sooner you let us know, the sooner we'll be able to put it right or help identify the cause.

Ways to pay your bill

We make it easy for you to pay your bill in a way that is most convenient to you.
Direct Debit

Direct Debit

Paying by Direct Debit is convenient, as it saves you time and means you can spread your bill over monthly payments, choosing a payment day that suits you. Also, you never need to worry about missing a payment. If you would like to pay this way, please complete the online form. Alternatively, you can call us on 0345 600 3600 (Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm) or print and complete the relevant form below.

Please return the form to BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1WA
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Over the phone
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Ways to reduce the amount of water you use

If you use a water meter, just a few small changes to how you live can have a big impact on the amount of water you use and how much you spend.
Learn more about our top-tips for saving water in your home.

Still need help?

If you have an unmetered bill and a monthly payment arrangement in place, your annual bill is split over 10 monthly instalments: May to February. We do not take payments in March and April because during these months we generate bills for the forthcoming financial year.

If you have a metered bill and pay by a monthly budget arrangement we can take a payment each month of the year. We will automatically review your payments annually.

To set up a Direct Debit please visit http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/your-home/billing-payments/ways-to-pay/direct-debit/

Your property's rateable value is shown on the front page of your unmetered bill. If you have not yet moved into a property and would like to find out the rateable value, please contact us. 

Your bill is due and payable on issue. To pay this online please visit
http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/your-home/billing-payments/ways-to-pay/online-one-off-payment/.

If you have subscribed to eBilling you will receive an email advising you when you have a new bill. If you are facing problems paying or wish to discuss a payment arrangement to spread the cost, please contact us.

We supply water to 500,000 homes and businesses across Bristol City, North Somerset and areas of Bath, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. That's about 1.2m people who have access to our water every day. Wessex Water is responsible for providing sewerage services for the majority of our customers when they've finished using the water.

You can pay your bill by debit or credit card using our 24-hour automated telephone service by calling 0345 600 1019. You'll need to quote your 13 digit reference number which begins with 20 and can be found on your bill under your customer number. You can also pay your bill online via our website, or through your eBilling account. 

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