In the new business water market, there’s a lot to wrap your head around in terms of who’s responsible for what and new charges that might apply for non-standard water work. We’re here to help – here’s some information on our non-primary charges (NPC).
Put simply – a non-primary charge is for a service that’s outside of your normal water needs.
Let’s break it down.
As your water retailer, we provide things like account management, customer service, billing, meter reading and water efficiency advice as part of your normal water retail service.
Your water wholesaler is responsible for water treatment, the quality of your water, the large water mains pipes that distribute water, and the pipes that carry this water to your business property boundary. This is all included as part of your normal billing.
If you need an extra service, like a meter accuracy test, a trade effluent application, a meter alteration, or anything else that isn’t usually listed on your normal water bill, this is classed as a non-primary service. That’s because it’s not included in your wholesaler’s usual provisions, so non-primary services require an extra non-primary charge.
It’s your water wholesaler who sets the rate for non-primary charges, and each wholesaler is different. Before any work is done, we’ll talk you through everything, get a quote from your wholesaler, and agree on a cost with you.
Your charge will be made up of the wholesaler cost and our fixed retailer admin fee, plus VAT.
We’ll send you a separate bill for non-primary charges, so they won’t be included in your usual water bill. However, if you’ve got any outstanding amounts due for your water account, they’ll be shown in the balance brought forward of this bill.
Your non-primary charge bill has the same payment terms as usual bills, so please remember to pay within 14 days or you’ll incur late payment fees.
You can find out more about the differences in wholesaler and retailer roles here.
You can find your wholesaler’s scheme of charges on their website – if you don’t know who your wholesaler is, we’ve got a handy find your wholesaler guide.
If you’re still confused about non-primary charges, or think your business needs non-standard work done, you can use our quick and easy contact us form, or give us a call on 0345 072 6072.
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