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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Burghfield Common

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

About Burghfield Common, Berkshire

Burghfield Common RG7 has a population of 5,932 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Burghfield Common?

Burghfield Common water services are supplied by South East Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Burghfield Common

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Burghfield Common 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 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 phone numbers

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

In the table below we have listed the main 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

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, or is just one method of contact to deal with your Burghfield Common water issues.

Write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

You can also write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Customers that would rather email Southern Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in Burghfield Common

Water bill in Burghfield Common

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

Metered Customers in Burghfield Common

Customers with a water meter at their Burghfield Common home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Burghfield Common home.

Unmetered Customers in Burghfield Common

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Burghfield Common is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Burghfield Common water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, installing a water meter at your Burghfield Common could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Burghfield Common?

The average water bill Burghfield Common residents are billed varies between water suppliers. 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 Burghfield Common water bill?

You will first need to register with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. After you register your details with South East Water, Southern 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Burghfield Common bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Burghfield Common?

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

Burghfield Common Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Burghfield Common

Is water from the tap in Burghfield Common safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Burghfield Common come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Burghfield Common:

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

How hard is the water in Burghfield Common

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 Burghfield Common is over 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Burghfield Common is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Burghfield Common 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Burghfield Common.

  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.

Burghfield Common No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Burghfield Common home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Burghfield Common.

If there is no water at your Burghfield Common home, do you only have 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 Burghfield Common.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Burghfield Common water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Burghfield Common property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Burghfield Common taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Burghfield Common water this could be because of 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 infuse the Burghfield Common water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Burghfield Common 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.

Broadband Speed in Burghfield Common RG7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Burghfield Common home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the 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 Burghfield Common with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Burghfield Common Average Download Speed Burghfield Common Average Upload Speed
85.05 Mbps 22.17 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Burghfield Common. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Burghfield Common?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Burghfield Common.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Burghfield Common is what's available. Most homes in Burghfield Common should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Burghfield Common?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Burghfield Common
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Burghfield Common homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Burghfield Common.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Burghfield Common.
    • 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, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Burghfield Common broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Burghfield Common. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Burghfield Common. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Burghfield Common Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Burghfield Common should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Burghfield Common home is going to be important.

Burghfield Common broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Burghfield Common internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Burghfield Common.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Burghfield Common ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Burghfield Common?

The average broadband speed in Burghfield Common is:

Burghfield Common Average Download Speed Burghfield Common Average Upload Speed
85.05 Mbps 22.17 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 - 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 is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Burghfield Common, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Burghfield Common house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Burghfield Common.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
More than 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that 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 dialling code of Burghfield Common

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Burghfield Common is 01806. If you call someone in Burghfield Common, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Burghfield Common call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Burghfield Common

Residents of Burghfield Common are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Burghfield Common home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Burghfield Common distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Burghfield Common below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Burghfield Common

The electricity distribution network operator for Burghfield Common 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

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
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Power Generation near Burghfield Common

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of 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 produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up 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 Near Burghfield Common

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Burghfield Common, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Burghfield Common.

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