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A Complete Guide to Utilities in George Green

If you've moved and have questions about George Green? Our comprehensive utilities guide to George Green will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and George Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in George Green.

About George Green, Berkshire

George Green SL3 has a population of 950 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in George Green?

George Green water services are provided by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in George Green

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your George Green water problems.

Affinity Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 write to Affinity Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

If you prefer to write 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

If you prefer to write 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

Price of water in George Green

Water bill in George Green

Water rates in George Green depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your George Green water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered George Green water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in George Green

Customers with a water meter at their George Green 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 Affinity Water or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your George Green home.

Unmetered Customers in George Green

Customers who don't have a meter at their George Green home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your George Green home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in George Green is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your George Green water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your George Green may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in George Green?

The average water bill George Green 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 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 George Green water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your George Green bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in George Green?

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

George Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in George Green

Is water from the tap in George Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in George Green come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply George Green:

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

How hard is the water in George Green

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 George Green is over 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in George Green is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in George Green 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in George Green.

  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.

George Green No Water

If there isn't any running water in your George Green home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in George Green.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water or Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

George Green water leak or flooding

George Green water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your George Green 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 George Green property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Affinity Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in George Green taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your George Green water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the George Green water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to George Green water.

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

Broadband Speed in George Green SL3

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in George Green with our fast and simple speed test.

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

George Green Average Download Speed George Green 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 George Green. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in George Green?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in George Green.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in George Green is the availability. Whilst many homes in George Green should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in George Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in George Green
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of George Green homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of George Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in George Green.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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George Green broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in George Green. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in George Green. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

George Green Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in George Green must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your George Green home will be an important thing to consider.

George Green broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your George Green internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in George Green.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in George Green ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in George Green?

The average speed of broadband in George Green is:

George Green Average Download Speed George Green Average Upload Speed
83.37 Mbps 21.27 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of 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 George Green, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your George Green home. 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?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in George Green.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above and 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for George Green

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for George Green is 01806. If you call someone in George Green, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 George Green call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in George Green

Residents of George Green can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the George Green distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers George Green right here.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for George Green

The electricity distribution network operator for George Green 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 George Green

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

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 amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near George Green

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby George Green, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to George Green.

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