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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Hampstead Norreys

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

About Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire

Hampstead Norreys RG18 has a population of 628 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Hampstead Norreys?

Hampstead Norreys water services are supplied by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Hampstead Norreys

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Hampstead Norreys water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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
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Additionally, you can communicate with Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 should use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in Hampstead Norreys

Water bill in Hampstead Norreys

Water rates in Hampstead Norreys are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Hampstead Norreys water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Hampstead Norreys water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Hampstead Norreys

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Hampstead Norreys house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Hampstead Norreys home.

Unmetered Customers in Hampstead Norreys

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Hampstead Norreys will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Hampstead Norreys water rates will 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? 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 Hampstead Norreys 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 Hampstead Norreys?

The average water bill Hampstead Norreys residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 annually.

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How do I pay my Hampstead Norreys water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Hampstead Norreys bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your 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 Hampstead Norreys?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hampstead Norreys RG18, 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.

Hampstead Norreys Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hampstead Norreys

Is water from the tap in Hampstead Norreys safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Hampstead Norreys come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Hampstead Norreys:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Hampstead Norreys

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 in Hampstead Norreys is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Hampstead Norreys is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Hampstead Norreys contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Hampstead Norreys.

  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.

Hampstead Norreys No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Hampstead Norreys home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Hampstead Norreys.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Hampstead Norreys water leak or flooding

Hampstead Norreys water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Hampstead Norreys 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 Hampstead Norreys property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact 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 Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Hampstead Norreys taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Hampstead Norreys 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 affect it by infusing your Hampstead Norreys water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Hampstead Norreys water.

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

Broadband Speed in Hampstead Norreys RG18

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

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Hampstead Norreys with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Hampstead Norreys Average Download Speed Hampstead Norreys Average Upload Speed
96.40 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Hampstead Norreys. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Hampstead Norreys?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Hampstead Norreys.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Hampstead Norreys is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Hampstead Norreys can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Hampstead Norreys?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Hampstead Norreys
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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 Hampstead Norreys homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Hampstead Norreys.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Hampstead Norreys.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Hampstead Norreys broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Hampstead Norreys. 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 fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Hampstead Norreys. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Hampstead Norreys Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Hampstead Norreys should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Hampstead Norreys home will be an important thing to consider.

Hampstead Norreys broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Hampstead Norreys broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Hampstead Norreys.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Hampstead Norreys have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Hampstead Norreys?

The average internet speed in Hampstead Norreys is:

Hampstead Norreys Average Download Speed Hampstead Norreys Average Upload Speed
96.40 Mbps 35.20 Mbps

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

To put it 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 a green box on your street in Hampstead Norreys, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Hampstead Norreys home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Hampstead Norreys.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 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 have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Hampstead Norreys

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Hampstead Norreys is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Hampstead Norreys, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Hampstead Norreys call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Hampstead Norreys

Residents in Hampstead Norreys are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Hampstead Norreys home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Hampstead Norreys distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Hampstead Norreys 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 Hampstead Norreys

The electricity distribution network operator for Hampstead Norreys 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 Hampstead Norreys

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Hampstead Norreys

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Hampstead Norreys, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Hampstead Norreys.

Closest five municipalities to Hampstead Norreys
Municipality Distance from Hampstead Norreys
Hermitage 0.01 miles
Thatcham 2.64 miles
Newbury 3.36 miles
Chieveley 3.8 miles