Utilities in <u>Burnham

Need help with your utilities in Burnham?

The team of Selectra advisors are on hand to help you every step of the way.

Trusted by thousands of UK householders

4.5/5

based on 1,010 reviews

Ad

Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Burnham

If you just moved and have some questions about Burnham? Our complete guide to utilities in Burnham will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Burnham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Burnham.

About Burnham, Berkshire

Burnham SL1 has a population of 11,630 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Burnham?

Burnham water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Burnham

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Burnham water account.

Below, you can find the principal 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
Selectra manSelectra blue

Moving to Burnham?

Speak with the Selectra Team for free. Sort out all your bills in one call today.

Ad
Selectra manSelectra blue

Moving to Burnham?

Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.

Ad

Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

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

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

Water rates in Burnham

Water bill in Burnham

Water rates in Burnham will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Burnham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Burnham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Burnham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Burnham 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 Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Burnham home.

Unmetered Customers in Burnham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Burnham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Burnham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Burnham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Burnham 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 you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Burnham may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Burnham?

The average water bill Burnham residents are charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 a year.

water billSelectra blue

Expensive Burnham water bills?

Speak with the Selectra team to save on other home bills. Don't let water ruin your budget.

Ad
water billSelectra blue

Expensive Burnham water bills?

Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.

Ad

How do I pay my Burnham 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Burnham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Burnham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Burnham SL1, 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.

Burnham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Burnham

Is tap water in Burnham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Burnham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Burnham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Burnham

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Burnham contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Burnham.

  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.

Burnham No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Burnham water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Burnham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Burnham 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 Burnham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Burnham water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Thames Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Burnham SL1

Burnhaminternet connected globe

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Burnham 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?

Burnham Average Download Speed Burnham Average Upload Speed
92.20 Mbps 25.90 Mbps
blue selectra broadband routerSelectra blue

Slow broadband in Burnham?

Speak with the Selectra Team for free. Get better broadband and TV for less!

Ad
blue selectra broadband routerSelectra blue

Slow broadband in Burnham?

Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.

Ad

The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Burnham. 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Burnham?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Burnham.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Burnham is what's available. The majority of homes in Burnham should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Burnham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Burnham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Burnham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Burnham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Burnham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
blue sim cardSelectra blue

Unlimited data in Burnham?

Speak with the Selectra Team for free. Get an unlimited GB deal for less!

Ad
blue sim cardSelectra blue

Unlimited GBs in Burnham?

Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.

Ad
broadband connections options

Burnham broadband cost

Burnham broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Burnham. 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. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Burnham. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Burnham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Burnham also needs consideration, with many of us working 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.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Burnham home is something to think about.

Burnham broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Burnham internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Burnham.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Burnham have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Burnham?

The average broadband speed in Burnham is:

Burnham Average Download Speed Burnham Average Upload Speed
92.20 Mbps 25.90 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Burnham, 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 Burnham house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Burnham.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Burnham

Corded telephone area code Burnham

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Burnham is 01806. When making a call to someone in Burnham, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Burnham call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

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

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Burnham

Residents in Burnham can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Burnham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Burnham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Burnham right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Burnham

The electricity distribution network operator for Burnham 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
Green Light BulbSelectra blue

Looking for greener energy in Burnham?

Speak with the Selectra Team for free. Do your bit for the environment in one call today.

Ad
Green Light BulbSelectra blue

Looking for greener energy in Burnham?

Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to do your bit for the environment.

Ad

Power Generation near Burnham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Burnham

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Burnham, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Burnham.

Closest five municipalities to Burnham
Municipality Distance from Burnham
Slough -
Salt Hill -
Ermine & St Giles Estates 0.15 miles