Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Binfield
If you just moved and have some questions about Binfield? Our utilities guide to Binfield is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Binfield water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Binfield.
About Binfield, Berkshire
Binfield RG42 has a population of 8,689 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.
Who supplies my water in Binfield?
How to reach your water providers in Binfield
Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your Binfield water issues.
Affinity Water contact numbers
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Affinity Water telephone number||Affinity Water Emergency telephone number|
|0345 357 2401||0345 357 2407|
|Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
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South East Water contact numbers
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|South East Water telephone number||South East Water Emergency telephone number|
|0333 000 0001||0333 000 0365|
|Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Thames Water contact numbers
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Thames Water telephone number||Thames Water Emergency telephone number|
|0800 980 8800||0800 714 614|
|Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, South East Water, Thames Water, or is one of many options to deal with your Binfield water issues.
Write to Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water website.
Customer that want to post a letter to Affinity Water can do so by writing to the Affinity Water address below:
|Affinity Water Address|
South East Water
Customer that want to post a letter to South East Water can do so by writing to the South East Water address below:
|South East Water Address|
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
Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:
|Thames Water Email Address|
Cost of water in Binfield
Water rates in Binfield will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Binfield water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Binfield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Binfield
Customers with a water meter at their Binfield home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Binfield home.
Unmetered Customers in Binfield
Customers without a meter at their Binfield home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Binfield home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Binfield is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Binfield 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Binfield might work out 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 Binfield?
The average water bill Binfield residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Monthly||Average Water Bill Per Year|
|South East Water||£18.42||£221|
Expensive Binfield water bills?
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How do I pay my Binfield water bill?
You will first need to register with Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, such as:
- Direct Debit
- Online payments
- Pay over the phone
- Bank transfer
- Payment by cheque
- Payment card
You may be able to choose how often you pay your Binfield bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.
Can I switch the water supplier in Binfield?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Binfield RG42, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, 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.
Binfield Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Binfield have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Binfield
Is the tap water in Binfield safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Binfield. You can rest assured that Binfield water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Binfield 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 Binfield water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Binfield come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Binfield:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Binfield
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 Binfield is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Binfield is rated as very hard water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Binfield 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.
Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Binfield.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Binfield No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Binfield home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Binfield.
If there is no water at your Binfield home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Binfield.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:
- Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Binfield water leak or flooding
Binfield water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Binfield home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Binfield property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Ring Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
- If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Binfield taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Binfield water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Binfield water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Binfield water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.
Broadband Speed in Binfield RG42
The broadband speed you get at your Binfield home is dependant upon several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Location of the router in your home
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Your broadband provider
Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Binfield with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Binfield Average Download Speed||Binfield Average Upload Speed|
|78.20 Mbps||15.57 Mbps|
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Binfield. 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 available.
Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Binfield?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Binfield.
The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Binfield is what's available. The majority of homes in Binfield can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.
However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Binfield?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Binfield
- We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a 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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Binfield homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Binfield.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Binfield?
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Binfield broadband value for money
You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Binfield. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet connection in Binfield. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Binfield Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Binfield should also be considered, with so many people that work 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 meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Binfield home is going to be important.
Binfield broadband customer service
Lastly, the technical support for your Binfield broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Binfield.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Binfield ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
What's the average broadband speed in Binfield?
The average broadband speed in Binfield is:
|Binfield Average Download Speed||Binfield Average Upload Speed|
|78.20 Mbps||15.57 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Binfield, 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 Binfield property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
What broadband speed do I need?
That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Binfield.
|Frequent internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||2 devices or less|
|2 devices or less||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 5 devices||All the above and 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 does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the telephone dialling code of Binfield
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Binfield is 01806. If you call someone in Binfield, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01806 Binfield call cost?
If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.
If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Binfield
Residents of Binfield are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.
These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Binfield home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Binfield distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Binfield in this section.
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 Binfield
The electricity distribution network operator for Binfield 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|
|Address||Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Binfield
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Binfield.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 currently being built.
Renewable energy accounted for 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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Binfield
You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Binfield, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Binfield.