A Complete Guide to Utilities in Harmondsworth

Are you moving and want to know more about Harmondsworth? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Harmondsworth is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Harmondsworth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Harmondsworth.

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About Harmondsworth, Greater London

Harmondsworth UB7 has a population of 1,478 and is located in the county of Greater London. Greater London has a population of 9,002,488 people.

Who supplies my water in Harmondsworth?

Harmondsworth 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 Harmondsworth

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Harmondsworth water issues.

Affinity Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

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 Affinity Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

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

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Harmondsworth

Water bill in Harmondsworth

Water rates in Harmondsworth will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Harmondsworth water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Harmondsworth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Harmondsworth

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

Unmetered Customers in Harmondsworth

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Harmondsworth home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Harmondsworth home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Harmondsworth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Harmondsworth water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Harmondsworth could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Harmondsworth?

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

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Annually
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232

How do I pay my Harmondsworth 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 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Harmondsworth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Harmondsworth?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Harmondsworth UB7, 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.

Harmondsworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Harmondsworth

Is water from the tap in Harmondsworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Harmondsworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Harmondsworth:

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

Is the water hard in Harmondsworth

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 Harmondsworth is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Harmondsworth is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Harmondsworth contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Harmondsworth.

  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.

Harmondsworth No Water

If you have no water in your Harmondsworth home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Harmondsworth.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Harmondsworth water leak or flooding

Harmondsworth water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Harmondsworth 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 Harmondsworth property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Affinity Water or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Harmondsworth taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Harmondsworth water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water or Thames Water on the contact details above.

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Broadband in Harmondsworth UB7

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Harmondsworth with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Harmondsworth Average Download Speed Harmondsworth Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 18.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Harmondsworth. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Harmondsworth?

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 could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Harmondsworth.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Harmondsworth is what's available. The majority of homes in Harmondsworth can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Harmondsworth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Harmondsworth
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Harmondsworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Harmondsworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Harmondsworth.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Harmondsworth broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Harmondsworth. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Harmondsworth. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Harmondsworth Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Harmondsworth must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Harmondsworth home is going to be important.

Harmondsworth broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Harmondsworth broadband connection is really 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 deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Harmondsworth.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Harmondsworth have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Harmondsworth?

The average broadband speed in Harmondsworth is:

Harmondsworth Average Download Speed Harmondsworth Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 18.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Harmondsworth, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Harmondsworth property. 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?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Harmondsworth.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone area code for Harmondsworth

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Harmondsworth is 020. If you call someone in Harmondsworth, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 020 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 020 Harmondsworth call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Harmondsworth

People living in Harmondsworth are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional 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 connects your Harmondsworth home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Harmondsworth distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Harmondsworth 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 responsible for Harmondsworth

The electricity distribution network operator for Harmondsworth 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
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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

Power Generation near Harmondsworth

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

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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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up 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.

Towns and Cities Near Harmondsworth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Harmondsworth, we've found the closest five municipalities to Harmondsworth.

Closest five municipalities to Harmondsworth
Municipality Distance from Harmondsworth
Yiewsley -
West Drayton -
Heathrow 1.67 miles