A Complete Guide to Utilities in Cinderford

Are you moving and want to know more about Cinderford? Our utilities guide to Cinderford will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cinderford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cinderford.

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About Cinderford, Gloucestershire

Cinderford GL14 has a population of 10,508 and is located in the county of Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire has a population of 633,558 people.

Who supplies my water in Cinderford?

Cinderford water utilities are supplied by Bristol Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Bristol Water:

How to reach your water provider in Cinderford

Calling a phone number for Bristol Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Cinderford water account.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water contact number Bristol Water Emergency contact number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Bristol Water

You can also get in touch with Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Bristol Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to Bristol Water can do so by writing to the Bristol Water address below:

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

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

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Cinderford

Water bill in Cinderford

Water rates in Cinderford depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Cinderford water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Cinderford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cinderford

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

Unmetered Customers in Cinderford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cinderford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Cinderford home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Cinderford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cinderford water rates will 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Cinderford might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cinderford?

The average water bill Cinderford residents are charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

How do I pay my Cinderford water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Bristol Water. After you register your details with Bristol 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 Cinderford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Bristol Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Cinderford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cinderford GL14, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Cinderford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cinderford

Is the tap water in Cinderford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cinderford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cinderford:

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

Is the water hard in Cinderford

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 Cinderford is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Cinderford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Cinderford contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Cinderford.

Cinderford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Cinderford home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Cinderford.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Bristol Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Bristol 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Cinderford water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Cinderford property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Bristol Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Bristol Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Cinderford taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Cinderford water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Cinderford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cinderford water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Bristol Water using the contact information above.

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Internet in Cinderford GL14

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The speed of your internet connection at your Cinderford home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Cinderford with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Cinderford Average Download Speed Cinderford Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 16.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Cinderford. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Cinderford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Cinderford is the availability. Most homes in Cinderford should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Cinderford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Cinderford
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Cinderford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cinderford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cinderford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cinderford broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Cinderford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Cinderford. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cinderford Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Cinderford also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cinderford home is something to think about.

Cinderford broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Cinderford broadband connection is of utmost importance. 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 provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Cinderford.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Cinderford have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Cinderford?

The average broadband speed in Cinderford is:

Cinderford Average Download Speed Cinderford Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 16.80 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 - 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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Cinderford, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Cinderford home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Cinderford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone area code for Cinderford

Corded telephone area code Cinderford

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Cinderford is 01806. When making a call to someone in Cinderford, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Cinderford call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cinderford

People living in Cinderford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cinderford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Cinderford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Cinderford in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Cinderford

The electricity distribution network operator for Cinderford is Western Power Distribution - Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton
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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

Power Generation near Cinderford

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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 generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cinderford

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Cinderford, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Cinderford.

Closest five municipalities to Cinderford
Municipality Distance from Cinderford
Newnham -
Lydney 3.45 miles
Blakeney 3.45 miles