Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ford
Are you moving and want to know more about Ford? Our utilities guide to Ford is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Ford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Ford.
About Ford, West Sussex
Ford BN18 has a population of 1,690 and is located in the county of West Sussex. West Sussex has a population of 858,852 people.
Who supplies my water in Ford?
How to reach your water providers in Ford
Calling a phone number for Portsmouth Water or Southern Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Ford water issues.
Portsmouth Water telephone numbers
In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Portsmouth Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Portsmouth Water phone number||Portsmouth Water Emergency phone number|
|0239 249 9666||0239 247 7999|
|Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Moving to Ford?
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Southern Water telephone numbers
In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Southern Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Southern Water phone number||Southern Water Emergency phone number|
|0330 303 0277||0800 820 999|
|Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Write to Portsmouth Water or Southern Water
You can also write to Portsmouth Water or Southern Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Portsmouth Water or Southern Water website.
Customer that want to post a letter to Portsmouth Water can do so by writing to the Portsmouth Water address below:
|Portsmouth Water Address|
|PO Box 99, West Street
If you would like to email Portsmouth Water, you should use the following email address:
|Portsmouth Water Email Address|
Customer that want to post a letter to Southern Water can do so by writing to the Southern Water address below:
|Southern Water Address|
|PO Box 564
If you would like to email Southern Water, you should use the following email address:
|Southern Water Email Address|
Water rates in Ford
Water rates in Ford are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Ford water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Ford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Ford
Customers who have a water meter installed at their Ford property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Portsmouth Water or Southern Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Ford home.
Unmetered Customers in Ford
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Ford home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Ford home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Ford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Ford 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?
That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Ford may save you money.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.
How much is the average water bill in Ford?
The average water bill Ford residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Per Month||Average Annual Water Bill|
Expensive Ford water bills?
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How do I pay my Ford water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Portsmouth Water or Southern Water. After you've registered with Portsmouth Water or Southern 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
It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Ford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Portsmouth Water or Southern Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Ford?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ford BN18, your water suppliers are Portsmouth Water and Southern 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.
Ford Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Ford have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ford
Is the tap water in Ford safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Ford. You can rest assured that Ford water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Ford water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Ford water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Ford come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Ford:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Ford
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 Ford is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Ford is rated as hard water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Ford contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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.
Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Ford.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Ford No Water
If you have no water in your Ford home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Ford.
If there is no water at your Ford home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Ford.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Portsmouth Water or Southern Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:
- Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Portsmouth Water or Southern Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Portsmouth Water or Southern Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Ford water leak or flooding
Ford water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Ford 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 Ford property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Call Portsmouth Water or Southern Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
- If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Portsmouth Water or Southern Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Ford taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Ford water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Ford water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Ford water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Portsmouth Water or Southern Water using the contact information above.
Broadband in Ford BN18
The broadband speed you get at your Ford home depends on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Location of the router in your home
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Ford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Ford Average Download Speed||Ford Average Upload Speed|
|42.10 Mbps||11.10 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Ford?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Ford. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband 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's the only type of internet connection available.
Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Ford?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Ford.
The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Ford is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Ford should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.
However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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 Ford?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Ford
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads 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 Ford homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Ford.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Ford?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Ford broadband value for money
You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Ford. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Ford. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Ford Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Ford should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.
Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Ford home is going to be important.
Ford broadband technical support
Our final tip, the technical support for your Ford internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ford.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Ford have about their internet connection.
Broadband Internet FAQs
What's the average broadband speed in Ford?
The average speed of broadband in Ford is:
|Ford Average Download Speed||Ford Average Upload Speed|
|42.10 Mbps||11.10 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 reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
- 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Ford, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Ford 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 .
How fast internet should my internet be?
It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Ford.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the landline area code in Ford
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ford is 01903. If you call someone in Ford, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01903 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01903 Ford call cost?
If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should 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 the call set-up charge.
If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity Supply in Ford
People living in Ford are free 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 network operator for the region.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Ford home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
Most of the time you won't need to contact the Ford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ford right here.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Ford
The electricity distribution network operator for Ford is UK Power Networks - South East England. You can find the UK Power Networks - South East England contact details in the table below:
|UK Power Networks - South East England Contact Information|
|General Enquiries||0800 028 4587|
|Emergencies||0800 316 3105|
|Address||237 Southwark Bridge Road
There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Ford?
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Power Generation near Ford
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Ford.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Ford
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Ford, we've found the closest five municipalities to Ford.