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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Finchampstead

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

About Finchampstead, Berkshire

Finchampstead RG40 has a population of 668 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Finchampstead?

Finchampstead water services are provided by South East Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South East Water, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Finchampstead

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Finchampstead water account.

South East Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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
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Thames Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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

Write to South East Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the South East Water or Thames Water website.

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

If you want to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Cost of water in Finchampstead

Water bill in Finchampstead

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

Metered Customers in Finchampstead

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Finchampstead home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South East Water or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Finchampstead home.

Unmetered Customers in Finchampstead

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Finchampstead home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Finchampstead home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Finchampstead is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Finchampstead 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, installing a water meter at your Finchampstead may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Finchampstead?

The average water bill Finchampstead residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Finchampstead water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with South East Water or Thames 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Finchampstead 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 South East Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Finchampstead?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Finchampstead RG40, your water suppliers are 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.

Finchampstead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Finchampstead

Is the tap water in Finchampstead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Finchampstead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Finchampstead:

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

Is the water hard in Finchampstead

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Finchampstead 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Finchampstead.

  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.

Finchampstead No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Finchampstead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Finchampstead.

If there is no water at your Finchampstead home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Finchampstead.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water or Thames Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South East Water or 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Finchampstead water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact South East Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South East Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Finchampstead taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Finchampstead 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 affect it by infusing your Finchampstead water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Finchampstead water.

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

Broadband in Finchampstead RG40

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Finchampstead 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?

Finchampstead Average Download Speed Finchampstead Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 17.33 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Finchampstead. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Finchampstead?

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 can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Finchampstead.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Finchampstead is what's available. Most homes in Finchampstead should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Finchampstead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Finchampstead
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Finchampstead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Finchampstead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Finchampstead.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Finchampstead broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Finchampstead. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Finchampstead. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Finchampstead Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Finchampstead must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Finchampstead home is something to think about.

Finchampstead broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Finchampstead broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Finchampstead.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Finchampstead?

The average internet speed in Finchampstead is:

Finchampstead Average Download Speed Finchampstead Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 17.33 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Finchampstead, 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 Finchampstead home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should take when getting connected in Finchampstead.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Finchampstead

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Finchampstead is 01806. When making a call to someone in Finchampstead, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Finchampstead call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 Finchampstead

Residents of Finchampstead can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Finchampstead home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Finchampstead distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Finchampstead 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 responsible for Finchampstead

The electricity distribution network operator for Finchampstead 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 Finchampstead

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

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%). Furthermore, 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 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 are scheduled for closure, 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 produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Finchampstead

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Finchampstead, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Finchampstead.

Closest five municipalities to Finchampstead
Municipality Distance from Finchampstead
Barkham -
Crowthorne 2.43 miles
Winnersh 2.63 miles
Woosehill 2.63 miles