Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bedgrove

Are you moving and want to know more about Bedgrove? Our complete guide to utilities in Bedgrove is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bedgrove water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bedgrove.

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About Bedgrove, Buckinghamshire

Bedgrove HP21 has a population of 9,171 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Bedgrove?

Bedgrove water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bedgrove

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bedgrove water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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 Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

If you would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Bedgrove

Water bill in Bedgrove

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

Metered Customers in Bedgrove

Customers that have a water meter at their Bedgrove property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Bedgrove home.

Unmetered Customers in Bedgrove

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bedgrove home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Bedgrove home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bedgrove is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bedgrove water prices were 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, getting a water meter for your Bedgrove could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Bedgrove?

The average water bill Bedgrove residents are being charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 annually.

How do I pay my Bedgrove water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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 Bedgrove bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bedgrove?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bedgrove HP21, your water supplier is 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.

Bedgrove Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bedgrove

Is the tap water in Bedgrove safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Bedgrove. You can rest assured that Bedgrove water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Bedgrove 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 Bedgrove water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Bedgrove come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bedgrove:

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

How hard is the water in Bedgrove

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 rating for water hardness in Bedgrove is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Bedgrove is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bedgrove contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Bedgrove No Water

If you have no water in your Bedgrove home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Bedgrove.

If there is no water at your Bedgrove home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bedgrove.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bedgrove water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bedgrove taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bedgrove 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 Bedgrove water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bedgrove water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Bedgrove HP21

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Bedgrove with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bedgrove Average Download Speed Bedgrove Average Upload Speed
78.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Bedgrove. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bedgrove?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Bedgrove.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Bedgrove is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Bedgrove can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bedgrove?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bedgrove
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bedgrove homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bedgrove.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bedgrove.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bedgrove broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bedgrove. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Bedgrove. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bedgrove Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bedgrove also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bedgrove home is going to be important.

Bedgrove broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Bedgrove internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Bedgrove.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bedgrove have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bedgrove?

The average broadband speed in Bedgrove is:

Bedgrove Average Download Speed Bedgrove Average Upload Speed
78.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Bedgrove, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bedgrove house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Bedgrove.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Bedgrove

Corded telephone area code Bedgrove

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bedgrove is 01806. If you call someone in Bedgrove, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bedgrove call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different 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.

Electricity and Gas in Bedgrove

People living in Bedgrove are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Bedgrove distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bedgrove below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bedgrove

The electricity distribution network operator for Bedgrove is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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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

Power Generation near Bedgrove

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bedgrove

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Bedgrove, we've found the closest five municipalities to Bedgrove.