Water Redress Scheme (WATRS)


Water Redress Scheme

The Water Redress Scheme (WATRS) is an independent service that adjudicates disputes between the customer and water and
sewerage companies or suppliers which have reached a state of deadlock.


Free (no cost to the customer)


Up to 35 working days

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What we can do

WATRS was created to help the mediation and investigation roles of the Consumer Council for Water (CCW). If CCW can not settle a customer’s dispute, WATRS will provide a final judgement that is binding upon water and sewage companies. This needs to be done within six months from the date of the CCW closure letter.


Important Message: The role of reviewing escalated complaints is changing. WATRS will be handing over responsibility to our colleagues at CCW (Consumer Council for Water) on 1 December 2023.


What does this mean for you? The last day to register a new complaint with WATRS will be by 5pm on Thursday 30 November 2023. After this date, CCW will be taking over. Applications received after this date will not be accepted by WATRS.


What happens to cases already in progress with WATRS? All active cases will be completed by WATRS to a conclusion. For further information about the new service, please contact CCW directly at https://www.ccw.org.uk/

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Are you a business?

CEDR can provide dispute resolution services for businesses in most sectors.

  • Fast, and cost effective solutions
  • Provided at a sustainable cost
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