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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bradfield

If you've moved and have questions about Bradfield? Our utilities guide to Bradfield is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bradfield water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bradfield.

About Bradfield, Berkshire

Bradfield RG7 has a population of 1,161 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Bradfield?

Bradfield water services are provided by South East Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Bradfield

Ringing a contact number for South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Bradfield water issues.

South East Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

Ringing a contact number for South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, or is just one method of contact to deal with your Bradfield water issues.

Write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water website.

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
Rocfort Road
Snodland, Kent
ME6 5AH

Southern Water

Customer that want to post 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

If you would like to email Southern Water, you must use the following email address:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Thames Water

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 must use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Water rates in Bradfield

Water bill in Bradfield

Water rates in Bradfield are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Bradfield water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Bradfield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bradfield

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bradfield 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 Bradfield home.

Unmetered Customers in Bradfield

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bradfield home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bradfield home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bradfield is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bradfield 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Bradfield could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bradfield?

The average water bill Bradfield residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month 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 Bradfield water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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 offered a choice of payment options 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 Bradfield bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bradfield?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bradfield RG7, 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.

Bradfield Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Bradfield have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bradfield

Is water from the tap in Bradfield safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bradfield come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bradfield:

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

How hard is the water in Bradfield

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bradfield contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Bradfield No Water

If you have no water in your Bradfield home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bradfield.

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

If there is 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bradfield water leak or flooding

Bradfield water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bradfield home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Bradfield property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact South East Water, Southern Water, or 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 South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bradfield taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bradfield water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bradfield water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Bradfield water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Bradfield RG7

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Bradfield home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Bradfield with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Bradfield Average Download Speed Bradfield Average Upload Speed
85.05 Mbps 22.17 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bradfield. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bradfield?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bradfield.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bradfield is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bradfield should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 Bradfield?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bradfield
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bradfield homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bradfield.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bradfield.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Bradfield broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Bradfield. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Bradfield. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Bradfield Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bradfield must also be considered, 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 stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bradfield home is going to be important.

Bradfield broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Bradfield broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bradfield.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bradfield have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Bradfield?

The average internet speed in Bradfield is:

Bradfield Average Download Speed Bradfield Average Upload Speed
85.05 Mbps 22.17 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 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bradfield, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bradfield property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Bradfield.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Bradfield

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bradfield is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bradfield, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Bradfield call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Bradfield

Residents of Bradfield 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 local 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 connects your Bradfield home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Bradfield distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bradfield below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bradfield

The electricity distribution network operator for Bradfield 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Bradfield

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Bradfield

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Bradfield, we've found the closest five municipalities to Bradfield.

Closest five municipalities to Bradfield
Municipality Distance from Bradfield
Silchester -
Burghfield Common -
Aldermaston -
Mortimer -
Brimpton 3.24 miles