Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Longworth

If you've moved and have questions about Longworth? Our complete guide to utilities in Longworth will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Longworth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Longworth.

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About Longworth, Oxfordshire

Longworth OX13 has a population of 566 and is located in the county of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire has a population of 687,466 people.

Who supplies my water in Longworth?

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

How to reach your water provider in Longworth

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Longworth water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water phone number Thames Water Emergency phone 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 get in touch with 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 send 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 can use the email address below:

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

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

Metered Customers in Longworth

Customers with a water meter at their Longworth house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Longworth home.

Unmetered Customers in Longworth

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Longworth home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Longworth home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Longworth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Longworth water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Longworth could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Longworth?

The average water bill Longworth residents are being charged is £19.33 monthly, which works out at £232 a year.

How do I pay my Longworth water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. After you register your details 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Longworth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Longworth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Longworth OX13, 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.

Longworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Longworth

Is the tap water in Longworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Longworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Longworth:

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

Is the water hard in Longworth

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 Longworth is more than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Longworth is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Longworth 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Longworth.

  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.

Longworth No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Longworth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Longworth.

If there is no water at your Longworth home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Longworth.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Longworth water leak or flooding

Longworth water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Longworth home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Longworth 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 can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Longworth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Longworth water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Longworth water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Longworth water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband Speed in Longworth OX13

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The speed of your internet connection at your Longworth home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Longworth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Longworth Average Download Speed Longworth Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Longworth. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Longworth?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Longworth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Longworth is the availability. The majority of homes in Longworth can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Longworth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Longworth
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Longworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Longworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Longworth.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Longworth broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Longworth. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Longworth. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Longworth Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Longworth must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Longworth home will be an important thing to consider.

Longworth broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Longworth broadband connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Longworth.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Longworth ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Longworth?

The average broadband speed in Longworth is:

Longworth Average Download Speed Longworth Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Longworth, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Longworth house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Longworth.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, 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 dialling code of Longworth

Corded telephone area code Longworth

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Longworth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Longworth, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Longworth call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 in Longworth

Residents in Longworth are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Longworth home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Longworth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Longworth below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Longworth

The electricity distribution network operator for Longworth 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 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

Power Generation near Longworth

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

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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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, 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 Longworth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Longworth, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Longworth.

Closest five municipalities to Longworth
Municipality Distance from Longworth
Frilford -
Cothill -
Appleton -
Abingdon 1.88 miles
Long Wittenham 1.88 miles