Water and sewerage rates for businesses


You’ll have to pay for any water your business uses, and for the drainage of water and effluent (liquid waste) from your premises.

Ofwat regulates the water industry in England and Wales. There are different regulators in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

How you’ll be charged

You’ll be charged either:

  • for the water you use, plus a set charge (if you’ve got a meter)
  • a set amount, usually based on the value of your property

Your business could be eligible for a large user tariff, meaning your water might be cheaper. This is because it often costs less to supply larger businesses.