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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barkham

If you just moved and have some questions about Barkham? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Barkham is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Barkham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Barkham.

About Barkham, Berkshire

Barkham RG40 has a population of 3,348 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Barkham?

Barkham water utilities are supplied by South East Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South East Water, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Barkham

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Barkham water issues.

South East Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South East Water phone number South East Water Emergency phone number
0333 000 0001 0333 000 0365
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Thames Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water phone number Thames Water Emergency phone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to South East Water or Thames Water

You can also write to South East Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the South East Water or Thames Water website.

South East Water

If you prefer to send a letter to South East Water can do so by writing to the South East Water address below:

South East Water Address
Rocfort Road
Snodland, Kent
ME6 5AH

Thames Water

If you prefer to send a letter to Thames Water can do so by writing to the Thames Water address below:

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Water rates in Barkham

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Water rates in Barkham will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Barkham water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Barkham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Barkham

Customers with a water meter at their Barkham house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South East Water or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Barkham home.

Unmetered Customers in Barkham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Barkham home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Barkham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Barkham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barkham water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Barkham might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Barkham?

The average water bill Barkham residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Barkham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with South East Water or Thames Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Barkham bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your South East Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Barkham?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barkham RG40, your water suppliers are South East Water and Thames Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Barkham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Barkham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barkham

Is the tap water in Barkham safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Barkham. You can rest assured that Barkham water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Barkham water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Barkham water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Barkham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barkham:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

What's the water hardness rating in Barkham

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness in Barkham is more than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Barkham is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Barkham contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Barkham.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Barkham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Barkham home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Barkham.

If there is no water at your Barkham home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Barkham.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water or Thames Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South East Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Barkham water leak or flooding

Barkham water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Barkham home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Barkham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring South East Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the South East Water or Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Barkham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Barkham water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Barkham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Barkham water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South East Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Barkham RG40

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The broadband speed you get at your Barkham home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Barkham with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Barkham Average Download Speed Barkham Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 17.33 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Barkham. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Barkham?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Barkham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Barkham is what's available. The majority of homes in Barkham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Barkham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Barkham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Barkham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Barkham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Barkham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Barkham broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Barkham. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Barkham. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Barkham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Barkham also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Barkham home is going to be important.

Barkham broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Barkham internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Barkham.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Barkham ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Barkham?

The average broadband speed in Barkham is:

Barkham Average Download Speed Barkham Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 17.33 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Barkham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Barkham home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Barkham.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Barkham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Barkham is 01806. If you call someone in Barkham, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Barkham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Barkham

Residents in Barkham are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Barkham home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Barkham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Barkham in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Barkham

The electricity distribution network operator for Barkham is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England. You can find the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England contact details in the table below:

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 048 3516
Emergencies 0800 072 7282
Email GE@ssen.co.uk
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Barkham

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Barkham.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Barkham

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Barkham, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Barkham.

Closest five municipalities to Barkham
Municipality Distance from Barkham
Wokingham -
Crowthorne 2.43 miles
Winnersh 2.63 miles
Woosehill 2.63 miles