Coronavirus

Coronavirus update for customers

We want to keep you informed about what we are doing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Last updated 6 January 2021

How is Wessex Water dealing with COVID-19?

We are following the very latest government advice to protect our customers and colleagues and to continue to supply safe drinking water and sewerage services as normal.  

The World Health Organisation says there is no risk to tap water which is disinfected with chlorine to kill harmful bacteria as part of the treatment process.  

While this is a challenging time for everyone, we have tried and tested plans which we have put into action to ensure our services are delivered safely. 

This means you might see Wessex Water vans and our workforce out and about working on our water supply and sewerage networks carrying out routine work where it is safe to do so or dealing with emergencies. These individuals are ‘key workers’ so are permitted to be working in the highway, at our sites, or travelling to and from locations to ensure essential public services are maintained.  Find out more about what our key workers are doing

We are focusing on our essential services to customers and it is likely that we might have to cancel some non-urgent work. We’re sorry if this causes some disruption but it’s an important part of our plan to keep everything going as normal and keep our people safe. For essential work where we have to visit your property, such as clearing a sewer blockage or resolving a water supply issue, we request that you maintain a safe social distance from our workforce in line with the government's advice to protect both you and our colleagues.

We confirm we have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 with our five steps to safer working together.

Water quality information for businesses and organisations

Due to lockdown restrictions, a significant number of business and organisation premises have been forced to close, potentially causing water within the building’s plumbing system to become stagnant. This can cause water quality to deteriorate and there are potential risks to health using stagnant water. Water UK has published advice on the steps that should be taken when returning to buildings after prolonged inactivity.

 

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Reservoirs and fisheries

Following the announcement of the third national lockdown and the introduction of tier 5 restrictions, our public car parks, picnic areas, toilets and permissive footpaths will remain open for local people to exercise.

Our fisheries and fishing lodges will stay closed until further notice.

Please do not visit our sites unless you live in the local area.

The current guidance on travel states you should stay local – this means avoiding travel outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live and to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

If you require assistance during a visit, please contact 0345 600 4 600. If you need to speak with a ranger, please leave a message at the local fishing lodge and they will call back as soon as possible.

Our priority is to keep our staff and visitors safe and the current restrictions and closures will remain in place until further notice.

We will continue to monitor government advice over the coming weeks and will reopen fisheries and other services when it is safe to do so.

Please ensure you follow Covid-19 guidance issued by the government.

We will keep our website and Facebook page updated so please check there for updates

How to stay safe during your visit  

Please do not visit if you are self-isolating, have been contacted by the Test and Trace service or showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

When visiting our sites please:

  • follow all government advice as issued at the time of your visit
  • follow signage around the site and instructions given by Wessex Water staff
  • wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. Sanitiser is also provided at the entry / exit of all buildings
  • wear a face covering in all indoor areas, or where social distancing may be difficult
  • stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible. Be aware that there may be narrow sections of paths or gateways so stay alert and be considerate of other visitors
  • do not visit if the site is busy - consider an alternative venue or return another time
  • dispose of waste safely, including all rubbish, face masks or gloves after use. Where bins are not provided, please take all rubbish home with you
  • avoid loud talking, singing or shouting
  • observe all notices and follow instructions as some paths, areas or buildings (including fishing lodges) may be closed without warning
  • park sensibly and leave space between vehicles to ensure social distancing is maintained. This will also reduce the number of people on site and make everyone safer
  • maintain social distancing when using benches, play equipment or other site furniture and be aware it is not possible to clean these between each use 
  • be considerate of others waiting, eg, moving on after five minutes where someone else is waiting
  • wipe down surfaces and play equipment following use, where possible, and use the sanitiser provided on site or bring your own.

Please note:

  • we reserve the right to ask anyone not following the above guidance to leave immediately
  • we may close our sites at any time and without notice if visitor numbers are too large or if people are not observing social distancing guidance or reservoir bylaws
  • we may need to change the way we operate at short notice and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please check our website and Facebook page for the latest information before making a visit.

We must keep on protecting each other - Hands, face, space