Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bramley
If you've moved and have questions about Bramley? Our utilities guide to Bramley will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bramley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bramley.
About Bramley, Surrey
Bramley GU5 has a population of 4,233 and is located in the county of Surrey. Surrey has a population of 518,467 people.
Who supplies my water in Bramley?
How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Bramley
Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Bramley water problems.
Affinity Water phone numbers
In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Affinity Water contact number||Affinity Water Emergency contact number|
|0345 357 2401||0345 357 2407|
|Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
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Thames Water phone numbers
In the table below you will find the 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|
Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.
If you prefer to send a letter to Affinity Water can do so by writing to the Affinity Water address below:
|Affinity Water Address|
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
If you would like to email Thames Water, you must use the following email address:
|Thames Water Email Address|
Water rates in Bramley
Water rates in Bramley depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Bramley water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Bramley water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Bramley
Customers that have a water meter at their Bramley house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Bramley home.
Unmetered Customers in Bramley
Customers who don't have a meter at their Bramley home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bramley home.
Water rates for unmetered customers in Bramley is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bramley 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, having a water meter installed at your Bramley may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Bramley?
The average water bill Bramley residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Per Month||Average Annual Water Bill|
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How do I pay my Bramley water bill?
You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity 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
It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Bramley bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Bramley?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bramley GU5, your water suppliers are Affinity 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.
Bramley Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Bramley have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bramley
Is the tap water in Bramley safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Bramley. You can rest assured that Bramley water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Bramley 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 Bramley water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Bramley come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Bramley:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Bramley
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 Bramley is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Bramley is rated as hard water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Bramley contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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.
Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Bramley.
- 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.
Bramley No Water
If you have no water in your Bramley home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bramley.
If there is no water at your Bramley home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bramley.
If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity 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.
- Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.
Bramley water leak or flooding
Bramley water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bramley 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 Bramley property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Contact Affinity Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Bramley taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bramley water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bramley water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Bramley water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Affinity Water or Thames Water using the contact information above.
Broadband Speed in Bramley GU5
The speed of your broadband connection at your Bramley home is dependant upon several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Location of the router in your home
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Your broadband provider
Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Bramley with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Bramley Average Download Speed||Bramley Average Upload Speed|
|66.40 Mbps||17.70 Mbps|
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Bramley. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.
What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bramley?
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. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bramley.
The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bramley is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bramley should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.
That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Bramley?
- Fibre broadband
- This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bramley
- There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 provided via your phone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Bramley homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Bramley.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
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Bramley broadband cost
You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bramley. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Bramley. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Bramley Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Bramley must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your 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 Bramley home will be an important thing to consider.
Bramley broadband customer support
Finally, the customer service of your Bramley broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bramley.
In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bramley have about broadband internet.
How fast is the broadband in Bramley?
The average internet speed in Bramley is:
|Bramley Average Download Speed||Bramley Average Upload Speed|
|66.40 Mbps||17.70 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it 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 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Bramley, 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 Bramley home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 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 to find out which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Bramley.
|Frequent internet uses||Recommended Broadband Download Speed||2 devices or less|
|2 devices or less||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 5 devices||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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your 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.
What's the telephone dialling code of Bramley
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bramley is 01256. If you're calling somebody in Bramley, and you are in a different area, you must add 01256 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01256 Bramley call cost?
If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call 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 the call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many different 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 Bramley
Residents in Bramley can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.
We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bramley home to the gas network and electricity grid.
More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bramley distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bramley right here.
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 Bramley
The electricity distribution network operator for Bramley is UK Power Networks - South East England. You can find the UK Power Networks - South East England contact details in the table below:
|UK Power Networks - South East England Contact Information|
|General Enquiries||0800 028 4587|
|Emergencies||0800 316 3105|
|Address||237 Southwark Bridge 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 Bramley
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Bramley.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from 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.
16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as 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 Close By Bramley
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Bramley, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Bramley.