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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Little Marlow

If you've moved and have questions about Little Marlow? Our utilities guide to Little Marlow is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Little Marlow water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Little Marlow.

About Little Marlow, Berkshire

Little Marlow SL7 has a population of 1,438 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Little Marlow?

Little Marlow water services are supplied by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Little Marlow

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Little Marlow water issues.

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

You can also write to Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

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

Cost of water in Little Marlow

Water bill in Little Marlow

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

Metered Customers in Little Marlow

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Little Marlow 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 Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Little Marlow home.

Unmetered Customers in Little Marlow

Customers without a meter at their Little Marlow home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Little Marlow home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Little Marlow will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Little Marlow water prices were 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Little Marlow might work out cheaper.

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 Little Marlow?

The average water bill Little Marlow residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 a year.

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How do I pay my Little Marlow water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Little Marlow bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Little Marlow?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Little Marlow SL7, 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.

Little Marlow Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Little Marlow

Is water from the tap in Little Marlow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Little Marlow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Little Marlow:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Little Marlow

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

What does this mean?

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

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Little Marlow.

  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.

Little Marlow No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Little Marlow home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Little Marlow.

If there is no water at your Little Marlow 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 Little Marlow.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Little Marlow water leak or flooding

Little Marlow water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Little Marlow home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Little Marlow property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Little Marlow taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Little Marlow water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Little Marlow SL7

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Little Marlow with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Little Marlow Average Download Speed Little Marlow Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Little Marlow. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Little Marlow?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Little Marlow.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Little Marlow is what's available. The majority of homes in Little Marlow can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the 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 Little Marlow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Little Marlow
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Little Marlow homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Little Marlow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Little Marlow.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Little Marlow broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Little Marlow. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Little Marlow. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Little Marlow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Little Marlow should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Little Marlow home is going to be important.

Little Marlow broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Little Marlow internet connection is really important. You might never need 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 is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Little Marlow.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Little Marlow have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Little Marlow?

The average speed of broadband in Little Marlow is:

Little Marlow Average Download Speed Little Marlow Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 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 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 a green box on your street in Little Marlow, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Little Marlow house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Little Marlow.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data 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 Little Marlow

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Little Marlow is 01806. If you call someone in Little Marlow, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Little Marlow call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Little Marlow

Residents in Little Marlow can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 supplies your Little Marlow home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Little Marlow distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Little Marlow in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Little Marlow

The electricity distribution network operator for Little Marlow 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Little Marlow

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

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 percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Little Marlow

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Little Marlow, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Little Marlow.

Closest five municipalities to Little Marlow
Municipality Distance from Little Marlow
Marlow Bottom -
Marlow -
Lower Woodend -
Bisham -
Well End 2.39 miles