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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Littlewick Green

Are you moving and want to know more about Littlewick Green? Our complete guide to utilities in Littlewick Green will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Littlewick Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Littlewick Green.

About Littlewick Green, Berkshire

Littlewick Green SL6 has a population of 234 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Littlewick Green?

Littlewick Green water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Littlewick Green

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, South East Water or Southern Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Littlewick Green water account.

Affinity Water contact numbers

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

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

South East Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South East Water contact number South East Water Emergency contact number
0333 000 0001 0333 000 0365
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Southern Water contact numbers

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

Southern Water contact number Southern Water Emergency contact number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water contact numbers

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

Thames Water contact number Thames Water Emergency contact number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Littlewick Green water account.

Write to Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern 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

South East Water

If you prefer to write a letter to South East Water can do so by writing to the South East Water address below:

South East Water Address
Rocfort Road
Snodland, Kent
ME6 5AH

Southern Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Southern Water can do so by writing to the Southern Water address below:

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

Customers that would rather email Southern Water, you can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

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 can use the email address below:

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

Water rates in Littlewick Green

Water bill in Littlewick Green

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

Metered Customers in Littlewick Green

Customers that have a water meter at their Littlewick Green 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 Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Littlewick Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Littlewick Green

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Littlewick Green home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Littlewick Green home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Littlewick Green is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Littlewick Green 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Littlewick Green might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Littlewick Green?

The average water bill Littlewick Green residents are being charged can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
South East Water £18.42 £221
Southern Water £14.25 £171
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Littlewick Green water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern 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 Littlewick Green bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Littlewick Green?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Littlewick Green SL6, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern 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.

Littlewick Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Littlewick Green

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

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

Where does the water in Littlewick Green come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in Littlewick 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 rating for water hardness in Littlewick Green is over 276ppm, this means the water in Littlewick Green is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Littlewick Green contains a higher amount 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Littlewick 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.

Littlewick Green No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Littlewick Green home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Littlewick Green.

If there is no water at your Littlewick Green 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 Littlewick Green.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Littlewick Green water leak or flooding

Littlewick Green water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Littlewick Green 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 Littlewick Green property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Littlewick Green taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Littlewick Green water this may be due 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 Littlewick Green water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Littlewick Green water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Littlewick Green SL6

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Littlewick Green home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Littlewick Green 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?

Littlewick Green Average Download Speed Littlewick Green Average Upload Speed
88.10 Mbps 22.33 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Littlewick Green. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Littlewick Green?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Littlewick Green.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Littlewick Green is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Littlewick Green can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Littlewick Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Littlewick Green
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Littlewick Green homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Littlewick Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Littlewick Green.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Littlewick Green broadband price

Littlewick Green broadband bill

You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Littlewick Green. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Littlewick Green. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Littlewick Green Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Littlewick Green must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Littlewick Green home is something to think about.

Littlewick Green broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Littlewick Green broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Littlewick Green.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Littlewick Green have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Littlewick Green?

The average broadband speed in Littlewick Green is:

Littlewick Green Average Download Speed Littlewick Green Average Upload Speed
88.10 Mbps 22.33 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 a green box on your street in Littlewick Green, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Littlewick Green property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Littlewick Green.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Littlewick Green

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Littlewick Green is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Littlewick Green, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Littlewick Green call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call 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.

Electricity and Gas in Littlewick Green

Residents in Littlewick Green can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Littlewick Green distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Littlewick Green in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Littlewick Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Littlewick 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 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 Littlewick Green

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from 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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 Close By Littlewick Green

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Littlewick Green, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Littlewick Green.