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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Frieth

Are you moving and want to know more about Frieth? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Frieth will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Frieth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Frieth.

About Frieth, Berkshire

Frieth RG9 has a population of 571 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Frieth?

Frieth water utilities are supplied by South East Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South East Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Frieth

Ringing a contact number for South East Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Frieth water problems.

South East Water phone numbers

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
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Thames Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

You can also get in touch with South East Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South East Water or Thames Water website.

South East Water

Customer that want to post 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

Customer that want to post 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 can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Frieth

Water bill in Frieth

Water rates in Frieth depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Frieth water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Frieth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Frieth

Customers that have a water meter at their Frieth house will pay an annual fixed 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Frieth home.

Unmetered Customers in Frieth

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Frieth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Frieth 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 Frieth could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Frieth?

The average water bill Frieth residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month 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 Frieth water bill?

You will first need to register with South East Water or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with South East Water or 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 Frieth 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 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 Frieth?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Frieth RG9, 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.

Frieth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Frieth

Is tap water in Frieth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Frieth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Frieth:

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

How hard is the water in Frieth

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Frieth 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in Frieth.

  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.

Frieth No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Frieth 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 Frieth.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water or Thames Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South East Water or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Frieth water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Frieth 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, go to the "report a leak" section of the South East Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Frieth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Frieth water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Frieth water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Frieth water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to South East Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Frieth RG9

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Frieth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Frieth Average Download Speed Frieth Average Upload Speed
64.67 Mbps 15.37 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Frieth. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Frieth?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Frieth.

Availability

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

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Frieth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Frieth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Frieth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Frieth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Frieth.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Frieth broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Frieth. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Frieth. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Frieth Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Frieth also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Frieth home will be an important thing to consider.

Frieth broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Frieth broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Frieth.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Frieth have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Frieth?

The average speed of broadband in Frieth is:

Frieth Average Download Speed Frieth Average Upload Speed
64.67 Mbps 15.37 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of 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 is fibre broadband that is 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 Frieth, 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 Frieth home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Frieth.

Frequent 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected 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.

What's the telephone area code for Frieth

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Frieth is 01494. When making a call to someone in Frieth, and you are in a different area, you must add 01494 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01494 Frieth call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Frieth

Residents in Frieth can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Frieth home to the gas network and electricity grid.

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

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 Frieth

The electricity distribution network operator for Frieth 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

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
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Power Generation near Frieth

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

Fossil Fuels

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, 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

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Frieth

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Frieth, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Frieth.