Water companies fail on complaintsCustomer service standards 'falling short'

22 July 2010


Water regulator Ofwat has written to several water companies after finding they are 'falling short of basic provisions' in handling customer complaints.

The letter demands that necessary 'improvements' to the companies' customer literature and websites are made 'as soon as possible'.

Customer service standards

Specific issues identified by Ofwat included provision of telephone contact centre opening hours, a clear explanation of the guaranteed standards scheme (GSS), which sets out minimum standards of service to customers, and an easy-to-find explanation of the complaints procedure on companies' websites. Complaints leaflets were also criticised, particularly availability of leaflets in alternative formats, such as large print and Braille, and for not being kept up to date.

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