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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Littleworth

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

About Littleworth, Buckinghamshire

Littleworth OX33 has a population of 302 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Littleworth?

Littleworth water services are provided by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Littleworth

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Littleworth water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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
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Write to Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

If you would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Cost of water in Littleworth

Water bill in Littleworth

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

Metered Customers in Littleworth

Customers with a water meter at their Littleworth home will pay a fixed annual 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 Littleworth home.

Unmetered Customers in Littleworth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Littleworth 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 Littleworth home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Littleworth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Littleworth water prices were 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 Littleworth 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 Littleworth?

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

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How do I pay my Littleworth water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Littleworth bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Littleworth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Littleworth OX33, 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.

Littleworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Littleworth

Is the tap water in Littleworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Littleworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Littleworth:

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

Is the water hard in Littleworth

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Littleworth contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Littleworth.

  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.

Littleworth No Water

If you have no water in your Littleworth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Littleworth.

If there is no water at your Littleworth 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 Littleworth.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Littleworth water leak or flooding

Littleworth water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Littleworth home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Littleworth 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, 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 Littleworth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Littleworth water this could be down to 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 Littleworth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Littleworth water.

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

Broadband in Littleworth OX33

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Littleworth Average Download Speed Littleworth Average Upload Speed
58.10 Mbps 20.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Littleworth. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Littleworth?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Littleworth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Littleworth is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Littleworth should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Littleworth
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Littleworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Littleworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Littleworth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Littleworth broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Littleworth. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Littleworth. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Littleworth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Littleworth must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Littleworth home is going to be important.

Littleworth broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Littleworth broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Littleworth.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Littleworth ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Littleworth?

The average speed of broadband in Littleworth is:

Littleworth Average Download Speed Littleworth Average Upload Speed
58.10 Mbps 20.20 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 reduces as you get further away 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Littleworth, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Littleworth 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?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Littleworth.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Littleworth

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Littleworth is 01806. If you call someone in Littleworth, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Littleworth call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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.

Gas and Electricity in Littleworth

Residents of Littleworth can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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 Littleworth home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Littleworth 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
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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 Littleworth

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Littleworth

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Littleworth, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Littleworth.