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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Fifield

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

About Fifield, Berkshire

Fifield SL4 has a population of 569 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Fifield?

Fifield water utilities are supplied by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water, South East Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Fifield

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Fifield water problems.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water telephone number Affinity Water Emergency telephone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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South East Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

Thames Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water telephone number Thames Water Emergency telephone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, South East Water, Thames Water, or is one of many options to discuss your Fifield water problems.

Write to Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

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

Affinity Water Address
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

South East Water

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

Thames Water

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

Cost of water in Fifield

Water bill in Fifield

Water rates in Fifield are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Fifield water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Fifield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Fifield

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Fifield 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 Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Fifield home.

Unmetered Customers in Fifield

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Fifield home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Fifield home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Fifield is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Fifield water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Fifield may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Fifield?

The average water bill Fifield residents are charged can differ between suppliers in your area. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Fifield water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, South East Water, or 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Fifield bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames 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 Fifield?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fifield SL4, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, South East Water and 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.

Fifield Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fifield

Is water from the tap in Fifield safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fifield come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fifield:

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

Is the water hard in Fifield

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Fifield contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Fifield.

  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.

Fifield No Water

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

If there is no water at your Fifield home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Fifield.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Fifield water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Fifield property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Fifield taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Fifield SL4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Fifield home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Fifield 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?

Fifield Average Download Speed Fifield Average Upload Speed
79.32 Mbps 18.42 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Fifield. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is 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 picking a broadband provider in Fifield?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Fifield.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Fifield is the issue of availability. Most homes in Fifield 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Fifield?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Fifield
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Fifield homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Fifield.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Fifield.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Fifield broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Fifield. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Fifield. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Fifield Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Fifield also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband 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 Fifield home will be an important thing to consider.

Fifield broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Fifield broadband internet is really important. 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 is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Fifield.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Fifield?

The average internet speed in Fifield is:

Fifield Average Download Speed Fifield Average Upload Speed
79.32 Mbps 18.42 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Fifield, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Fifield house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Fifield.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Fifield

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

How much does an 01806 Fifield call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 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 calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Fifield

Residents in Fifield are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Fifield home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Fifield distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Fifield 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 for Fifield

The electricity distribution network operator for Fifield 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 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
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Power Generation near Fifield

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

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 percentage was produced from 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Fifield

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Fifield, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Fifield.