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A Complete Guide to Utilities in College Town

If you just moved and have some questions about College Town? Our complete guide to utilities in College Town will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and College Town water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in College Town.

About College Town, Berkshire

College Town GU47 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in College Town?

College Town water services are provided by South East Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South East Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for College Town

Calling a phone number for South East Water is one of many options to discuss your College Town water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South East Water phone number South East Water Emergency phone number
0333 000 0001 0333 000 0365
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to South East Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the South East Water website.

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

Water rates in College Town

Water bill in College Town

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

Metered Customers in College Town

Customers who have a water meter installed at their College Town home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South East Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your College Town home.

Unmetered Customers in College Town

Customers that don't have a water meter at their College Town home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your College Town home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in College Town will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your College Town 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your College Town 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 College Town?

The average water bill College Town residents are charged is £18.42 per month, which is £221 annually.

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How do I pay my College Town water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water. Once you've registered an account with South East 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 College Town 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. As soon as you've set up your South East Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in College Town?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in College Town GU47, your water supplier is South East 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.

College Town Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in College Town have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in College Town

Is the tap water in College Town safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in College Town. You can rest assured that College Town water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given College Town 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 College Town water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in College Town come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply College Town:

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

What's the water hardness rating in College Town

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 College Town is less than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in College Town is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in College Town over. medium 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in College Town.

  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.

College Town No Water

If there isn't any running water in your College Town home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting College Town.

If there is no water at your College Town home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting College Town.

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

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

College Town water leak or flooding

College Town water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your College Town 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 College Town property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring South East Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South East Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in College Town taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your College Town water this could be because of 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 College Town water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to College Town water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with South East Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in College Town GU47

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The speed of your broadband connection at your College Town home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in College Town 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?

College Town Average Download Speed College Town Average Upload Speed
89.00 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in College Town. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in College Town?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in College Town.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in College Town is the availability. The majority of homes in College Town should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in College Town?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in College Town
    • 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 internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of College Town homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of College Town.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in College Town.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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College Town broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in College Town. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in College Town. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

College Town Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in College Town must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your College Town home will be an important thing to consider.

College Town broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your College Town broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in College Town.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in College Town?

The average speed of broadband in College Town is:

College Town Average Download Speed College Town Average Upload Speed
89.00 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 College Town, 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 College Town property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. 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. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in College Town.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of College Town

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for College Town is 01806. If you call someone in College Town, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 College Town call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

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

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Supply in College Town

Residents of College Town are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained 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 College Town home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the College Town distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for College Town 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 College Town

The electricity distribution network operator for College Town 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 College Town

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By College Town

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby College Town, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to College Town.

Closest five municipalities to College Town
Municipality Distance from College Town
Owlsmoor 0.01 miles
Crowthorne 1.11 miles