Environment

Our business is intrinsically linked to the environment as we rely on it for our raw product, water. For this reason we do all we can to ensure there is a clean, resilient and sustainable supply available for current and future water customers whilst ensuring there is enough water available to support the needs of the environment too. Click 'Discover More' to hear from our Head of Environment, Emma Goddard.

People

Our people are dedicated to providing you with the best service possible, whether they’re out in the field searching for leaks, managing our operational sites, testing the quality of your water or answering your queries. Each and every person within the business is dedicated to delivering you the safe reliable tap water supply you expect. Click 'Discover more' to hear from our Head of HR, Sian Jenkins.

Last updated 08-07-21

Voids - business properties

Business properties which are void are those which are connected to mains water and/or sewerage systems but are not charged because they are recorded as empty.

We are keen to reduce the number of these properties by identifying those that are actually occupied.

Based on our previous performance, we set ourselves the 2020/21 target to maintain the number of void business properties at 8.10 per cent.

How have we performed?

The number of void business properties is at 10.60 per cent, below the industry average of 18 per cent, however still represents an underperformance against our target.

This increase is believed to be largely due to the economic impact of Covid-19 resulting in a number of business properties being genuinely vacant.

During the year our staff have carried out field surveys to help identify over 3,000 occupied properties.

We are continuing our work to reduce this figure and our staff, many of whom live across our supply area, are getting involved too using the PikaVoid app.

The app can be voluntarily downloaded onto phones and staff mark whether a property is empty or occupied while out and about.

Moving forward we will be looking to provide a Wholesaler meter reading service to support the water retailers in identifying businesses that have reopened and therefore should be shown as occupied on the Market system.

Due to our underperformance we are required to pay £0.838 million.

The impact of Covid-19

Temporary and permanent business closures due to Covid-19 restrictions impacted this measure. As this was unforeseen we are in discussion with Ofwat to understand how this measure should be reported going forward.