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Customer Charter and Service Standards
Our vision is that 'customers always value the quality of our drinking water and the safe return of our wastewater to the environment'.
Our Customer Charter and Service Standards outline the level of service our customers can expect from us and, in addition, also highlight how our customers can help us to help them.
We will help you by:
- Being friendly, helpful and courteous.
- Treating all our customers fairly and equally.
- Displaying our contact details as clearly and prominently as possible on our documentation and website.
- Taking good care of your data and processing it in a lawful, fair and transparent manner.
- Sending you an accurate bill every three months.
- Offering you a range of different ways to pay your bill.
- Dealing with your query as quickly as possible and by keeping you abreast of progress.
- Using your feedback to improve our service.
- Informing you as quickly as possible if there is an interruption, or we anticipate an interruption, to your water or wastewater service.
- Meeting or exceeding our Standards of Service.
Help us to help you by:
- Being courteous and respectful to our staff.
- Having your Customer Number, which can be found at the top right of your bill, to hand when you contact us.
- Keeping a record of who you speak to and when.
- Telling us when something changes, if you are changing your name or moving house for example.
- Contacting us as soon as possible if you have a problem (including any concerns about paying your bill) so that we can try to resolve it as quickly as possible for you.
- Following us on our social media channels to learn more about what we do and to receive updates on incidents and planned maintenance.
- Letting us know how we are doing. Your compliments, complaints or feedback can help us to improve our service. You can contact us by telephone on (01481) 239500, by emailing email@example.com or by clicking here to register your interest in taking part in surveys and focus groups.
Contact and Appointments
- We will aim to answer your telephone call within 6 rings.
- We will endeavour to provide an initial response to all queries and complaints within 5 working days.
- We will aim to give you at least 3 hours' notice if we need to change the time of an appointment.
- We will always try to arrive at an appointment on time or within 30 minutes of the stated time if we have made a slightly more flexible arrangement with you.
- We will aim to give you 24 hours' notice in writing if we plan to turn off your water in order to carry out scheduled maintenance.
- If we need to turn your supply off in an emergency we will endeavour to advise you verbally beforehand or have someone on site who can assist you.
- We will always provide a temporary solution for any customers that are left without tap water as the result of a main's burst and will aim to restore supply to our customers within 12 hours.
- We will aim to fix a leak from our water main, which is not affecting supply to customers, within 10 days.
- Water meters will be installed free of charge within 21 days of request unless the location is problematic or dangerous in which case it may take a little longer.
Flow and Pressure
- As a general rule, with the tap full on, it should be possible to fill a 1 gallon (4.5 litre) bucket in 30 seconds.
- If you believe that your water pressure is inadequate we will test it for you at Guernsey Water's controlling chamber where the pressure should not fall below 1.5 bar.
Drinking Water Quality
- Our water will be safe and good to drink.
- We will investigate any concerns that you have regarding water quality and take a sample of the water in your home for testing if necessary.
- Guernsey Water will test its treated water on a daily basis for bacteriological and chemical quality in line with the UK Drinking Water Regulations. The tests, which cover a range of around 130 different parameters, will be undertaken at three different stages in the water treatment process, namely at the water treatment works, at service reservoirs and at customers' taps.
- We will publish our water quality results on an annual basis and they can be found here.
- We will work with our customers to mitigate the impact of damage to property caused by flooding.
- We will work with private drainage contractors to investigate any loss of service on a customer's wastewater connection.
- Food waste and non-flushables (such as baby wipes) should not be disposed of down your sink or toilet therefore we will endeavour to inform and educate as much as possible on this very important issue.