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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Baughurst

Are you moving and want to know more about Baughurst? Our complete guide to utilities in Baughurst will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Baughurst water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Baughurst.

About Baughurst, Berkshire

Baughurst RG26 has a population of 2,473 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Baughurst?

Baughurst water services are supplied by South East Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Baughurst

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Baughurst water account.

South East Water telephone numbers

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

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

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Southern Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Southern Water contact number Southern Water Emergency contact number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water telephone numbers

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

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

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, or is one of many contact methods to discuss your Baughurst water account.

Write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the South East Water, Southern 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

Southern Water

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

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

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

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

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

Price of water in Baughurst

Water bill in Baughurst

Water rates in Baughurst depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Baughurst water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Baughurst water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Baughurst

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Baughurst home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Baughurst home.

Unmetered Customers in Baughurst

Customers who don't have a meter at their Baughurst home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Baughurst home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Baughurst is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Baughurst water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Baughurst could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Baughurst?

The average water bill Baughurst residents are billed varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Annually
South East Water £18.42 £221
Southern Water £14.25 £171
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Baughurst water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Baughurst bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Baughurst?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Baughurst RG26, your water suppliers are South East Water, Southern 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.

Baughurst Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Baughurst have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Baughurst

Is tap water in Baughurst safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Baughurst come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Baughurst:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Baughurst

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 rating in Baughurst is more than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Baughurst is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Baughurst contains an elevated level 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Baughurst.

  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.

Baughurst No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Baughurst home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Baughurst.

If there is no water at your Baughurst home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Baughurst.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Baughurst water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Baughurst property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Baughurst taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Baughurst water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Baughurst water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Baughurst RG26

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Baughurst home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Baughurst with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Baughurst Average Download Speed Baughurst Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Baughurst. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Baughurst?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Baughurst.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Baughurst is the availability. Most homes in Baughurst can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Baughurst?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Baughurst
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Baughurst homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Baughurst.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Baughurst.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Baughurst broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Baughurst. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Baughurst. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Baughurst Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Baughurst should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Baughurst home is something to think about.

Baughurst broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Baughurst broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Baughurst.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Baughurst have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Baughurst?

The average internet speed in Baughurst is:

Baughurst Average Download Speed Baughurst Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Baughurst, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Baughurst house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Baughurst.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Baughurst

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Baughurst is 01806. When making a call to someone in Baughurst, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Baughurst call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small 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 making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Baughurst

Residents of Baughurst are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional 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 Baughurst home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Baughurst distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Baughurst below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Baughurst

The electricity distribution network operator for Baughurst 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 Baughurst

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Baughurst

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Baughurst, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Baughurst.

Closest five municipalities to Baughurst
Municipality Distance from Baughurst
Tadley -
Pamber -
Theale 3.24 miles
Silchester 3.24 miles