A Complete Guide to Utilities in Long Wittenham

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

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About Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

Long Wittenham OX14 has a population of 876 and is located in the county of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire has a population of 687,466 people.

Who supplies my water in Long Wittenham?

Long Wittenham water services are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Long Wittenham

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Long Wittenham water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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

Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

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 want to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Long Wittenham

Water bill in Long Wittenham

Water rates in Long Wittenham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Long Wittenham water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Long Wittenham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Long Wittenham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Long Wittenham home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Long Wittenham home.

Unmetered Customers in Long Wittenham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Long Wittenham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Long Wittenham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Long Wittenham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Long Wittenham water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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 Long Wittenham might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Long Wittenham?

The average water bill Long Wittenham residents are being charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 per year.

How do I pay my Long Wittenham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. After you register your details 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Long Wittenham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Long Wittenham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Long Wittenham OX14, 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.

Long Wittenham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Long Wittenham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Long Wittenham

Is water from the tap in Long Wittenham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Long Wittenham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Long Wittenham:

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

How hard is the water in Long Wittenham

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 Long Wittenham is higher than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Long Wittenham is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Long Wittenham contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Long Wittenham.

  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.

Long Wittenham No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Long Wittenham home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Long Wittenham.

If there is no water at your Long Wittenham home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Long Wittenham.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Long Wittenham water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Long Wittenham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Long Wittenham taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Long Wittenham 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 infuse the Long Wittenham 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 Long Wittenham water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Long Wittenham OX14

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The speed of your internet connection at your Long Wittenham home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Long Wittenham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Long Wittenham Average Download Speed Long Wittenham Average Upload Speed
74.00 Mbps 18.67 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Long Wittenham. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Long Wittenham?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Long Wittenham.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Long Wittenham is the availability. Most homes in Long Wittenham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Long Wittenham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Long Wittenham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Long Wittenham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Long Wittenham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Long Wittenham.
    • 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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Long Wittenham broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Long Wittenham. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Long Wittenham. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Long Wittenham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Long Wittenham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Long Wittenham home is going to be important.

Long Wittenham broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Long Wittenham internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Long Wittenham.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Long Wittenham?

The average speed of broadband in Long Wittenham is:

Long Wittenham Average Download Speed Long Wittenham Average Upload Speed
74.00 Mbps 18.67 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Long Wittenham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Long Wittenham home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Long Wittenham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Long Wittenham

Corded telephone area code Long Wittenham

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Long Wittenham is 01806. When making a call to someone in Long Wittenham, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Long Wittenham call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Long Wittenham

Residents of Long Wittenham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Long Wittenham home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Long Wittenham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Long Wittenham in this section.

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 Long Wittenham

The electricity distribution network operator for Long Wittenham 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
Perth
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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 Long Wittenham

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

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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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Long Wittenham

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Long Wittenham, we've found the five closest municipalities to Long Wittenham.