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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Brimpton

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

About Brimpton, Berkshire

Brimpton RG26 has a population of 616 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Brimpton?

Brimpton water services are supplied by South East Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Brimpton

Ringing a contact number for South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your Brimpton water issues.

South East Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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
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Southern Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Southern Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Southern Water telephone number Southern Water Emergency telephone number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

Ringing a contact number for South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, or is one of many options to deal with your Brimpton water issues.

Write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

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

South East Water

If you prefer to write 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

If you prefer to write 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 can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Thames Water

If you prefer to write 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 can use the email address below:

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

Cost of water in Brimpton

Water bill in Brimpton

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

Metered Customers in Brimpton

Customers with a water meter at their Brimpton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Brimpton home.

Unmetered Customers in Brimpton

Customers without a meter at their Brimpton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Brimpton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Brimpton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Brimpton water prices were 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Brimpton could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Brimpton?

The average water bill Brimpton residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
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 Brimpton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. After you've registered 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 Brimpton 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 South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Brimpton?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brimpton RG26, 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.

Brimpton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brimpton

Is the tap water in Brimpton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Brimpton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Brimpton:

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

Is the water hard in Brimpton

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 Brimpton is over 276ppm, this means the water in Brimpton is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Brimpton contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. 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 Brimpton.

  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.

Brimpton No Water

If you have no water in your Brimpton 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 Brimpton.

If there is no water at your Brimpton 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 Brimpton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Brimpton water leak or flooding

Brimpton water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Brimpton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Contact South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Brimpton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Brimpton water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Brimpton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Brimpton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Brimpton RG26

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The broadband speed you get at your Brimpton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Brimpton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Brimpton Average Download Speed Brimpton Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Brimpton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Brimpton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Brimpton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Brimpton is what's available. Most homes in Brimpton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Brimpton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Brimpton
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Brimpton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Brimpton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Brimpton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Brimpton broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Brimpton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Brimpton. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Brimpton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Brimpton should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

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

Brimpton broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Brimpton broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Brimpton.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Brimpton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Brimpton?

The average speed of broadband in Brimpton is:

Brimpton Average Download Speed Brimpton Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 a green box on your street in Brimpton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Brimpton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Brimpton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 kinds of radio frequencies that 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 have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Brimpton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Brimpton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Brimpton, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Brimpton call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included with 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 are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Brimpton

People living in Brimpton are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Brimpton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Brimpton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Brimpton 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 for Brimpton

The electricity distribution network operator for Brimpton 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 Brimpton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, 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

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Brimpton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Brimpton, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Brimpton.

Closest five municipalities to Brimpton
Municipality Distance from Brimpton
Tadley -
Pamber -
Theale 3.24 miles
Silchester 3.24 miles