What happens when I call you?
Step 1: Talk to us
We'll listen to the problem and do our best to resolve your complaint there and then.
Step 2: Investigation
We'll find the cause of the problem to see what can be done to help and try to find the best solution possible.
Step 3: Escalate your complaint
If you are not happy with the solution proposed, you can ask for your complaint to be escalated. Your dedicated escalations advisor will handle your complaint from this point onwards, working with you to find a suitable resolution.
Step 4: We’ll offer a solution or explain why we can’t
We'll do everything we can to try and resolve your complaint, some things however are outside of our control. If we can't resolve the issue to your satisfaction, we'll fully explain why.
Step 5: Raise a formal complaint
If you're still unhappy you can inform your escalations advisor that you would like to raise a formal complaint.
Write to us
Calling or speaking to us via web chat is the quickest way to resolve any problems, but if you’d prefer to write, you can send a letter to: Southern Water, PO Box 564, Darlington, DL1 9ZG.
We’ll reply to you within 10 working days of receiving your complaint, so don’t worry if you don’t hear back from us straight away. Someone will be looking at your complaint and working to find a resolution for you.
Any legal correspondence and/or documentation should be sent to our registered office address: Southern House, Yeoman Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3NX.
What happens when I write to you?
Once we receive your complaint, we’ll look into the details and investigate the cause of the problem.
We'll give you a call to ensure we understand your issue fully and try to resolve things over the phone.
If we can’t get hold of you, we’ll send you a written reply within 10 working days. Our reply will include a phone number and the name of the person dealing with your complaint should you wish to discuss any aspect of our response.
If you’re unhappy with the outcome of your complaint and write to us again, your complaint will be reviewed by one of our Complaints Specialists.
We'll do all we can to resolve your issue, but if you’re still unhappy, you can ask for an independent review from the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) – the voice for water consumers. CCW is an independent body set up to ensure the customer’s voice is heard and they will investigate customer complaints relating to our business.
Online Complaints form
You can also write to us by completing our online form. This will follow the same process as a complaint in writing, so speaking to us on the phone or via webchat is a much quicker and simpler way to resolve your complaint.