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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bisham

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

About Bisham, Berkshire

Bisham SL7 has a population of 1,099 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Bisham?

Bisham water services are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bisham

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Bisham water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone 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
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Write to Thames Water

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

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 Bisham

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

Metered Customers in Bisham

Customers that have a water meter at their Bisham 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 Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bisham home.

Unmetered Customers in Bisham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bisham home have 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 Bisham home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bisham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bisham water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Bisham 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 Bisham?

The average water bill Bisham residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 per year.

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How do I pay my Bisham water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Bisham bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bisham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bisham SL7, 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.

Bisham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bisham

Is water from the tap in Bisham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bisham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bisham:

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

How hard is the water in Bisham

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bisham contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. 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 Bisham.

  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.

Bisham No Water

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

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Thames Water, they will often tweet 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.

Bisham water leak or flooding

Bisham water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bisham 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 Bisham property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Bisham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bisham 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 infuse the Bisham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bisham water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Thames Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Bisham SL7

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Bisham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bisham Average Download Speed Bisham Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Bisham. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Bisham?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more 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 picking a broadband provider in Bisham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Bisham is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Bisham should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bisham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bisham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bisham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Bisham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bisham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bisham broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bisham. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Bisham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bisham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bisham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Bisham home is going to be important.

Bisham broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Bisham 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 can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Bisham.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Bisham?

The average speed of broadband in Bisham is:

Bisham Average Download Speed Bisham Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Bisham, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bisham home. 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?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Bisham.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Bisham

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bisham is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bisham, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Bisham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of 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 you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bisham

Residents of Bisham are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bisham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bisham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Bisham 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 Bisham

The electricity distribution network operator for Bisham 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 Bisham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bisham

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

Closest five municipalities to Bisham
Municipality Distance from Bisham
Marlow Bottom -
Marlow -
Lower Woodend -
Little Marlow -
Well End 2.39 miles