Water watchdog meets in Stratford-upon-avon.

The Consumer Council for Water Central and Eastern Committee is inviting members of the public to its next meeting on Wednesday 21 July in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it will discuss water companies’ special services for vulnerable customers.

Representatives from Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water, South Staffordshire Water, Cambridge Water, Veolia Water East and Essex & Suffolk Water will be at the meeting.

Sir James Perowne, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water Central and Eastern, said: “All water companies offer special services, such as password schemes to help protect against bogus callers, Braille, talking or large print bills, and if you meet certain criteria, the company can arrange to have bottled water delivered to your door if a water main bursts and your water supply is interrupted. But we know that only about a quarter of customers are aware that this kind of help is available.

“At the meeting, we will be speaking to local water companies about how they plan to advertise these schemes to their customers, and what can be done to make these services more helpful.

“Customers should contact their company directly to find out more, or to sign up for one of these services.”

The meeting will take place between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on Wednesday 21 July in the Romeo Room of the Legacy Falcon Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HA.