A Complete Guide to Utilities in Darby Green

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

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About Darby Green, Hampshire

Darby Green GU17 has a population of 5,642 and is located in the county of Hampshire. Hampshire has a population of 1,844,245 people.

Who supplies my water in Darby Green?

Darby Green water utilities are supplied by South East Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South East Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Darby Green

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Darby Green water issues.

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

Write to South East Water

You can also write to 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 send 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
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Price of water in Darby Green

Water bill in Darby Green

Water rates in Darby Green depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Darby Green water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Darby Green water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Darby Green

Customers that have a water meter at their Darby Green 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 South East Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Darby Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Darby Green

Customers without a meter at their Darby Green home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Darby Green home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Darby Green will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Darby Green water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Darby Green may save you money.

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 Darby Green?

The average water bill Darby Green residents are being charged is £18.42 each month, that's £221 a year.

How do I pay my Darby Green water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South East Water. After you've registered with South East Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Darby Green 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 South East 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 Darby Green?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Darby Green GU17, 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.

Darby Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Darby Green have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Darby Green

Is tap water in Darby Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Darby Green come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Darby Green:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Darby Green

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Darby Green 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.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Darby Green.

  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.

Darby Green No Water

If you have no water in your Darby Green home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Darby Green.

If there is no water at your Darby Green home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Darby Green.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Darby Green water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact South East Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South East Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Darby Green taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Darby Green water this may be due 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 Darby Green water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Darby Green water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South East Water on the contact details above.

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Internet in Darby Green GU17

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The broadband speed you get at your Darby Green home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Darby Green with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Darby Green Average Download Speed Darby Green Average Upload Speed
117.25 Mbps 24.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Darby Green. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Darby Green?

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. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Darby Green.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Darby Green is the availability. Whilst many homes in Darby Green should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Darby Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Darby Green
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Darby Green homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Darby Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Darby Green.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Darby Green broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Darby Green. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Darby Green. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Darby Green Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Darby Green also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Darby Green home is going to be important.

Darby Green broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Darby Green internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Darby Green.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Darby Green have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Darby Green?

The average broadband speed in Darby Green is:

Darby Green Average Download Speed Darby Green Average Upload Speed
117.25 Mbps 24.60 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Darby Green, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Darby Green property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Darby Green.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 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 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.

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What's the landline area code in Darby Green

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Darby Green is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Darby Green, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Darby Green call cost?

If you have a call plan 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Darby Green

Residents in Darby Green are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Darby Green home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Darby Green distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Darby Green right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Darby Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Darby Green 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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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 Darby Green

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's 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 Darby Green

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Darby Green, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Darby Green.

Closest five municipalities to Darby Green
Municipality Distance from Darby Green
Hawley -
Blackwater -
Minley -
Yateley 0.85 miles
Sandhurst 1.52 miles