Water Supplies to Clydach Vale, Pontypridd, Treorchy, Tonypandy and Pentre
First of all can I apologise for the loss of water supply as a result of the major incident we have had on one of our large diameter water mains at Cilfynydd, near Pontypridd. The main in question is a 31"/ 850 mm trunk main which carries very large volumes of water and is effectively a 'transmission' main to support supplies to a wide geographical area. This is why as a result of the incident communities in the Rhonndda and Church Village for example were also affected.These type of mains fulfil a vital role in keeping our smaller mains which serve customers directly full and delivering water at the right pressure. Repairing these type of mains is a major task and because of the operating pressure carries significant safety risks and we have to take this into account as a key priority to protect our people and contractors carrying out the repair.
I am also sorry that deliveries of bottled water to distribution points was not as effective as we would have liked and there are lessons to be learned from this about how we carry out this type of support to customers in future. We did however, successfully deliver bottled water to over 600 vulnerable customers, such as those with medical conditions and the elderly which I hope you will agree were the highest priority in the circumstances.
By early this morning supplies are returning to normal for the majority of our customers , but we are experiencing some 'air locks' in the system , particularly in the Clydach Vale area and we are focusing on on this as a matter of urgency.
If you are currently experiencing any further problems do not hesitate to contact us.
Chief Operating Officer
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Last summer, we conducted our biggest ever public consultation and research programme to hear the views of our customers on our plans for investment and bills between 2015 and 2020.
We submitted our Business Plan for 2015-20 to the industry regulator, Ofwat, in December 2013.
Having received some feedback, we amended our Plan further and have received a draft Determination from Ofwat on 30th May. This means that:
- by 2020, the average household bill will fall by £21 – or 5% - before inflation
- more than £2.5 billion will be invested between 2015 and 2020 in improving services for customers whilst making good progress against the long term outcomes we aim to achieve.
You can read our latest Business Plan summary here.
Highlights from the Business Plan include:
- Bill increases to be kept 1% below inflation every year until 2020
- Continued investment at record levels to maintain and improve services, including:
- 25% reduction in number of properties affected by low pressure
- 10% reduction in interruptions to supply
- 20% reduction in number of properties affected by sewer flooding
- Pollution incidents to fall by a third
- 8% reduction in leakage
- Significant investment in our innovative “Rainscape” approach to reduce the amount of rainwater entering our sewer network
- A 5% reduction in energy use and more than double the amount of renewable energy generated at Welsh Water sites
- New social tariffs targeting help to more customers who are struggling to pay
- 94% of customers consider the business plan to be acceptable
You can read our initial Business Plan here:
Read about our plans for 2015-2020: Your Company. Your Plan.
Business Plan (December 2013)
Customer Challenge Group
To ensure our plans aligned with our customers’ priorities, an independent panel representing our customers was created to oversee our consultation and business planning process - the Customer Challenge Group (CCG). The CCG reports reviewed our initial Business Plan and the revised Business Plan and you can read them below.
Customer Challenge Group’s report - revised Business Plan
Customer Challenge Group’s report - initial Business Plan
We are now waiting for a final decision from Ofwat on whether our Plan has been approved. We are very grateful to everybody who took part in the consultation. Thanks.