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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Goring

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

About Goring, Berkshire

Goring RG8 has a population of 3,187 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Goring?

Goring water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Goring

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Goring water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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
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Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

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

If you would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Goring

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Water rates in Goring are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Goring water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Goring water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Goring

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

Unmetered Customers in Goring

Customers without a meter at their Goring home will pay 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 Goring home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Goring is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Goring 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Goring may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Goring?

The average water bill Goring residents are billed is £19.33 monthly, which works out at £232 per year.

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How do I pay my Goring water bill?

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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Goring bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your 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 Goring?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Goring RG8, your water supplier is 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.

Goring Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Goring have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Goring

Is water from the tap in Goring safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Goring come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Goring:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Goring

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Goring contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Goring.

  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.

Goring No Water

If you have no water in your Goring home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Goring.

If there is no water at your Goring 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 Goring.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Thames Water, they often post incident 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.

Goring water leak or flooding

Goring water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Goring 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 Goring property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call 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 Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Goring taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Goring 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 infuse the Goring water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Goring water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Goring RG8

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The broadband speed you get at your Goring home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Goring with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Goring Average Download Speed Goring Average Upload Speed
79.43 Mbps 22.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Goring. 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 internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Goring?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even 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 Goring.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Goring is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Goring should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Goring?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Goring
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads 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 the majority of Goring homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Goring.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Goring.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Goring broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Goring. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Goring. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Goring Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Goring also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your 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 Goring home is going to be important.

Goring broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Goring 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 Goring.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Goring have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Goring?

The average internet speed in Goring is:

Goring Average Download Speed Goring Average Upload Speed
79.43 Mbps 22.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Goring, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Goring home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Goring.

Frequent 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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Goring

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

How much does an 01806 Goring call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Goring

People living in Goring can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 supplies your Goring home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Goring distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Goring right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Goring

The electricity distribution network operator for Goring 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 Goring

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Goring

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Goring, we've found the closest five municipalities to Goring.

Closest five municipalities to Goring
Municipality Distance from Goring
Calcot Row 0.33 miles
Purley-on-Thames 1.35 miles
Tilehurst 1.35 miles
Southcote 1.35 miles