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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Fulmer

If you just moved and have some questions about Fulmer? Our complete guide to utilities in Fulmer is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Fulmer water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Fulmer.

About Fulmer, Berkshire

Fulmer SL3 has a population of 230 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Fulmer?

Fulmer water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Fulmer

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Fulmer water issues.

Affinity Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

Customer that want to post 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

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 must use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Fulmer

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

Metered Customers in Fulmer

Customers that have a water meter at their Fulmer 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 Affinity Water or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Fulmer home.

Unmetered Customers in Fulmer

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Fulmer home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Fulmer home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Fulmer is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Fulmer water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Fulmer might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Fulmer?

The average water bill Fulmer residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Fulmer water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity 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 Fulmer bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Fulmer?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fulmer SL3, your water suppliers are Affinity 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.

Fulmer Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fulmer

Is tap water in Fulmer safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fulmer come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fulmer:

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

How hard is the water in Fulmer

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Fulmer contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Fulmer No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Fulmer home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Fulmer.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity 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 Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Fulmer water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Fulmer property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Affinity Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Fulmer taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Fulmer water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Fulmer water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Fulmer water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Affinity Water or Thames Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Fulmer SL3

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The broadband speed you get at your Fulmer home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Fulmer with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Fulmer Average Download Speed Fulmer Average Upload Speed
83.37 Mbps 21.27 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Fulmer. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Fulmer?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Fulmer.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Fulmer is what's available. Most homes in Fulmer 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 kinds of internet connection are available in Fulmer?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Fulmer
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Fulmer homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Fulmer.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Fulmer.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Fulmer broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Fulmer. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Fulmer. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Fulmer Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Fulmer must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Fulmer home is going to be important.

Fulmer broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Fulmer broadband connection is extremely important. 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 provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Fulmer.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Fulmer?

The average speed of broadband in Fulmer is:

Fulmer Average Download Speed Fulmer Average Upload Speed
83.37 Mbps 21.27 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 - 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Fulmer, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Fulmer house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Fulmer.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Fulmer

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Fulmer is 01806. If you call someone in Fulmer, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Fulmer call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

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

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Fulmer distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Fulmer in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Fulmer

The electricity distribution network operator for Fulmer 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 Fulmer

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Fulmer

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Fulmer, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Fulmer.

Closest five municipalities to Fulmer
Municipality Distance from Fulmer
George Green 0.01 miles
Datchet 0.01 miles
Colnbrook 0.01 miles