FAQs

Please find some of our more frequently asked questions below. If you have any questions that are not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • How often will you be reporting on your performance with retailers?

    We tailor both report and meeting frequency depending on the needs of the retailer and the number of SPIDS registered and /or service requests generated by that retailer

  • What communication lines do you use during incidents and unplanned events? (Both customer and retailer)

    Where neccessary, we communicate directly with affected customers during an incident or unplanned event.  We notify each retailer of impacted customers in line within the 2 business day market SLA. This is then followed up with a further notification once the incident or event has being resolved and closed.

  • Do UU provide text blasts (or similar service) to end customers regarding events?

    We do not currently use text blasts but may look to review that decision in the future.

  • What is the timeline for publishing charges?

    We publish details of our Wholesale Charges in accordance with Ofwat tariff setting rules as summarised below:

    • Final charges published 11 weeks before the relevant charging period

    • Indicative charges published 3 months prior to the publication of final charges

    • Notification of significant changes must be made to retailers 6 months prior to final charges
  • How will retailers access the HVI / API?

    Further information on the HVI can be found here

  • How will service requests be routed into your Wholesale Service Desk?

  • Will I receive an automated response when I have submitted a form?

    Retailers will receive a transaction ID if their query is submitted through the forms portal. 

    If the query is sent directly to our Wholesale Service Desk the retailer will receive an acknowledgement with their case management (JIRA) reference number. 

    If a retailer wants us to add further attachments or information to a case they must quote the transaction ID or the JIRA case reference number. 

  • Which e-mail address do you reply to when a market form is submitted?

    We submit all responses to the e-mail address you have logged with us as your operational mail-box. To check which e-mail address we are using, or to change the e-mail address for notifications to be sent, please contact your Relationship Manager. 

  • How does a form make it through submission but get rejected at boundary, does the retailer not get prompted when they are filling the form?

    The portal does not allow a form to be submitted if the mandatory fields are not completed, however where they are filled in incorrectly the form cannot get through the boundary as it checks the ‘completeness’ of data and that the correct data structures have been entered.

  • How do I submit a general enquiry?

    Retailers can submit a general query using Market Form F/01.

  • Are there instances where a case would be closed and the retailer would not be notified?

    No, we notify the retailer of all updates to cases via their nominated email address.

  • Do you notify a retailer when you have raised a wholesaler driven job such as meter exchange?

    If wholesale identify the need to complete proactive exchange work we update the retailer using the appropriate market process as well as submitting the relevant transactions to CMOS.

  • Do retailers get notified when an engineer cancels or is going to be late?

    We provide updates and resolution by email to the retailers operational email address.

  • Are you proposing to offer Vacant and Gap incentive payments?

    We are currently actively reviewing our position on vacant & gap site incentive payments.

  • Do you charge for Vacant comsumption?

    Currently not but we will be be bringing this into charge from April 2020.

  • How do I escalate something?

    Please contact the Wholesale Service Desk in the first instance.

  • Do you provide a meter reading service?

    United Utilities Water Limited does not offer meter reading services.

  • Do you allow Accredited Enteties to operate in your area?

    Currently not but we are committed to introducing this in the near future.

  • Do you offer any Alternate Eligible Credit Support arrangements?

    Yes, further information can be found here.