Coronavirus

Coronavirus update for customers

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

Last updated 18 May 2020

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

During the lockdown our sites were closed to ensure both the public and our staff were protected during the critical period of the coronavirus pandemic.  

We’re now starting to open up our sites and have introduced the following:

  • We have opened up outdoor spaces and permissive footpaths where the risk is lower. Our aim is to continue to support communities at this time by offering outdoor spaces where people can exercise, connect with nature and improve their health and wellbeing.  
  • Access to the walking paths for exercise and to the Life for a Life memorial sites are open. 
  • From Monday 1 June our fisheries will begin to reopen for bank fishing only. All anglers must pre-book following the instructions below. Bookings can be made a day in advance and must be confirmed by a ranger.  
  • Tucking Mill will remain closed initially – we hope to reopen for disabled anglers later in June. 

How to stay safe during your visit  

 Please do not visit if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. 

 When visiting our sites please: 

  • keep your distance from people outside your household 
  • keep your hands and face as clean as possible 
  • avoid being face to face with people who are not part of your household 
  • avoid crowds 
  • wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible 
  • visit sites for exercise and wellbeing only. Do not picnic or congregate with others 
  • bring your own hand sanitiser as no toilet facilities are available 
  • respect that all buildings are currently closed – the lodges are places of work for our staff and therefore we must ensure these are safe 
  • do not visit if the site is busy - consider an alternative venue or return at another time 
  • park sensibly and leave space between vehicles to ensure social distancing is maintained. This will also also reduce the number of people on site and make everyone safer. 

 Please note: 

  • our fisheries will reopen on Monday 1 June but our other site facilities including public toilets, angling lodges, bird hides or similar spaces will remain closed 
  • 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. 

Stay Alert to Stay Safe