Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blewbury

Are you moving and want to know more about Blewbury? Our complete guide to utilities in Blewbury will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Blewbury water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Blewbury.

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About Blewbury, Oxfordshire

Blewbury OX11 has a population of 1,581 and is located in the county of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire has a population of 687,466 people.

Who supplies my water in Blewbury?

Blewbury water services are provided by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Blewbury

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Blewbury water problems.

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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

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

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Blewbury

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Water rates in Blewbury will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Blewbury water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Blewbury water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Blewbury

Customers that have a water meter at their Blewbury 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 Blewbury home.

Unmetered Customers in Blewbury

Customers without a meter at their Blewbury home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Blewbury home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Blewbury is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Blewbury water rates will 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 Blewbury 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 Blewbury?

The average water bill Blewbury residents are billed is £19.33 per month, which is £232 annually.

How do I pay my Blewbury water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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 Blewbury bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Blewbury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blewbury OX11, 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.

Blewbury Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blewbury

Is water from the tap in Blewbury safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blewbury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blewbury:

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

Is the water hard in Blewbury

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Blewbury 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Blewbury.

  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.

Blewbury No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Blewbury home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Blewbury.

If there is no water at your Blewbury home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Blewbury.

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. Check the Twitter account of Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Blewbury water leak or flooding

Blewbury water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Blewbury home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Blewbury property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Blewbury taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Blewbury water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Blewbury water.

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

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Broadband Speed in Blewbury OX11

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The broadband speed you get at your Blewbury home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Blewbury with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Blewbury Average Download Speed Blewbury Average Upload Speed
87.30 Mbps 19.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Blewbury. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Blewbury?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Blewbury.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Blewbury is what's available. Most homes in Blewbury should be able to enjoy 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Blewbury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Blewbury
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Blewbury homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Blewbury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Blewbury.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Blewbury broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Blewbury. 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 when you sign up for a broadband connection in Blewbury. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Blewbury Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Blewbury must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Blewbury home will be an important thing to consider.

Blewbury broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Blewbury internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Blewbury.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Blewbury?

The average speed of broadband in Blewbury is:

Blewbury Average Download Speed Blewbury Average Upload Speed
87.30 Mbps 19.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Blewbury, from there it's connected to your home 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 Blewbury property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Blewbury.

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 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Blewbury

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Blewbury is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blewbury, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Blewbury call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Blewbury

Residents of Blewbury are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Blewbury home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Blewbury distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Blewbury 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 Blewbury

The electricity distribution network operator for Blewbury 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
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The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Blewbury

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

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Fossil Fuels

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

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, 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Blewbury

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Blewbury, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Blewbury.

Closest five municipalities to Blewbury
Municipality Distance from Blewbury
Harwell -
Wantage 5.27 miles
Longworth 7.08 miles
Sunningwell 7.08 miles