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The Welsh Water HelpU scheme – help with paying water bills

This advice applies to Wales

If you get help through the Welsh Water HelpU scheme, your water bill will be capped. This means you won't pay over a certain amount for the year.

If you have a water meter and the charge would be lower than the Welsh Water HelpU amount, your bill will be based on the actual reading. Otherwise the bill will be capped at the Welsh Water HelpU level.

Check if you can apply for Welsh Water HelpU

You’ll qualify if both:

  • you or someone you live with get certain benefits

  • your household’s annual income is less than a certain amount

Check which benefits let you qualify

You or someone you live with must get one of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit

  • Pension Credit

  • income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Income Support

  • Housing Benefit

  • Council Tax Reduction

  • tax credits

Check how much your household income has to be to qualify

Your household’s annual income must be less than a certain amount - this is based on how many people you live with.

Your householdThe most your household's income can be
You live on your own £8,900
You live with 1 other person £13,400
You live with 2 people or more £15,300

The Welsh Water website has a list of the types of income they count as household income. You'll need to tell them about your income when you apply.

Apply for Welsh Water HelpU

To apply for Welsh Water HelpU you can either:

If you need help making your application you can either:

You'll need to supply evidence that you qualify, like a payslip or a copy of your awards notice for a benefit.

When you will start getting help

You'll start getting help from the start of the billing period during which you first applied.

If your water and sewerage services are provided by different companies, the water company should tell the sewerage company that you're getting help. The sewerage company should then adjust their charges.

You may have to show evidence that you still qualify for help each year. Welsh Water will let you know if and when you need to do this.

If you think you aren’t entitled to help anymore

If you don’t think you're entitled to help from Welsh Water HelpU anymore, let Welsh Water know. Your help will stop at the end of the current billing period.

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