WaterSure provides financial assistance to household customers with a water meter who use large amounts of water for essential purposes. This section explains the WaterSure scheme in a bit more detail and tells you how to apply.

Am I eligible for the scheme?

You may be eligible if you, or any member of your household, receives any of the following benefits/tax credits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (except families in receipt of the family element only)
  • Pension Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

 And in addition, either:

  • the person who receives one of the benefits above also receives Child Benefit for three or more children under 19 living at the same address; or
  • you, or any member of your household, have one of the following medical conditions, which causes significant extra water use:
    • Desquamation (flaky skin disease)
    • weeping skin disease (eczema, psoriasis, varicose ulceration)
    • incontinence
    • abdominal stoma
    • Crohn's disease
    • ulcerative colitis
    • renal failure requiring home dialysis (except where the health authority contributes to the cost of the water used in dialysis)
    • other medical conditions can be accepted if the condition uses significant amounts of water and is supported by a signed certificate issued by a Doctor or registered practitioner

You do not qualify for the scheme if:

  • your bill is not based on a meter reading (unless we were unable to fit a meter at your property and you have chosen to pay an assessed charge)
  • you have a swimming pool with a capacity of over 10,000 litres
  • you water your garden with a non-handheld appliance, such as a sprinkler or domestic irrigation system

How do I apply?

If you think you are eligible, the person who pays your water bill should download the WaterSure booklet and application form (PDF 380 KB opens in a new window) and return this to us at the address shown on the form.

So that we can process your application quickly and efficiently, it is essential that you enclose copies of your supporting information (you can see what you'll need on the last page of the online booklet and application form). We are unable to accept you on the scheme without them. Any missing documentation may cause delays to your application.