Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cothill

If you've moved and have questions about Cothill? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Cothill will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cothill water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cothill.

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About Cothill, Oxfordshire

Cothill OX13 is located in the county of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire has a population of 687,466 people.

Who supplies my water in Cothill?

Cothill water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Cothill

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Cothill water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

Write to Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

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

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Cothill

Water bill in Cothill

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

Metered Customers in Cothill

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cothill house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Cothill home.

Unmetered Customers in Cothill

Customers without a meter at their Cothill home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Cothill home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Cothill will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Cothill water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Cothill 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 Cothill?

The average water bill Cothill residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 per year.

How do I pay my Cothill water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with 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 Cothill bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames 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 Cothill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cothill OX13, 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.

Cothill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cothill

Is the tap water in Cothill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cothill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cothill:

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

How hard is the water in Cothill

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 Cothill is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Cothill is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Cothill 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Cothill.

  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.

Cothill No Water

If you have no water in your Cothill 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 Cothill.

If there is no water at your Cothill 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 will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cothill.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Cothill water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cothill property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Cothill taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Cothill 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 infuse the Cothill water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cothill water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Cothill OX13

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Cothill home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • 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 how it compares to the average connection speed for Cothill with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cothill Average Download Speed Cothill Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Cothill. 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 UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Cothill?

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 might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Cothill.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Cothill is what's available. The majority of homes in Cothill can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get 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 Cothill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Cothill
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Cothill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cothill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cothill.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cothill broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Cothill. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Cothill. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Cothill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Cothill also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Cothill home will be an important thing to consider.

Cothill broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Cothill broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Cothill.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Cothill?

The average internet speed in Cothill is:

Cothill Average Download Speed Cothill Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 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 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 a green box on your street in Cothill, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Cothill house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Cothill.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Cothill

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cothill is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Cothill, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Cothill call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cothill

Residents in Cothill are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 supplies your Cothill home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Cothill distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cothill below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Cothill

The electricity distribution network operator for Cothill 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
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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

Power Generation near Cothill

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

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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 percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Cothill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Cothill, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Cothill.

Closest five municipalities to Cothill
Municipality Distance from Cothill
Sunningwell -
Frilford -
Appleton -
Abingdon 1.88 miles
Long Wittenham 1.88 miles