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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Lower Woodend

If you just moved and have some questions about Lower Woodend? Our utilities guide to Lower Woodend will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lower Woodend water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lower Woodend.

About Lower Woodend, Berkshire

Lower Woodend SL7 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Lower Woodend?

Lower Woodend water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Lower Woodend

Ringing a contact number for Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your Lower Woodend water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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
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Write to Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Lower Woodend

Water bill in Lower Woodend

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

Metered Customers in Lower Woodend

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Lower Woodend property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Lower Woodend home.

Unmetered Customers in Lower Woodend

Customers without a meter at their Lower Woodend home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Lower Woodend home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lower Woodend is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Lower Woodend water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Lower Woodend may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Lower Woodend?

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

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How do I pay my Lower Woodend water bill?

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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Lower Woodend bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Lower Woodend?

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

Lower Woodend Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lower Woodend

Is water from the tap in Lower Woodend safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Lower Woodend. You can rest assured that Lower Woodend water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Lower Woodend water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Lower Woodend water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Lower Woodend come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lower Woodend:

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

Is the water hard in Lower Woodend

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Lower Woodend contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Lower Woodend.

  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.

Lower Woodend No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Lower Woodend 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 Lower Woodend.

If there is no water at your Lower Woodend home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Lower Woodend.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lower Woodend water leak or flooding

Lower Woodend water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Lower Woodend 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 Lower Woodend property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring 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 fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lower Woodend taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Lower Woodend 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 impermeate the Lower Woodend water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Lower Woodend 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.

Broadband in Lower Woodend SL7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Lower Woodend home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Lower Woodend with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Lower Woodend Average Download Speed Lower Woodend Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Lower Woodend. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Lower Woodend?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Lower Woodend.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Lower Woodend is the availability. The majority of homes in Lower Woodend should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

How can I connect to the internet in Lower Woodend?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lower Woodend
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed 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 99.9% of Lower Woodend homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Lower Woodend.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lower Woodend.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Lower Woodend broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Lower Woodend. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Lower Woodend. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Lower Woodend Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lower Woodend also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Lower Woodend home is something to think about.

Lower Woodend broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Lower Woodend broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Lower Woodend.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Lower Woodend?

The average speed of broadband in Lower Woodend is:

Lower Woodend Average Download Speed Lower Woodend 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Lower Woodend, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Lower Woodend home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Lower Woodend.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Lower Woodend

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lower Woodend is 01806. If you call someone in Lower Woodend, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Lower Woodend call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small 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 making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Lower Woodend

People living in Lower Woodend can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Lower Woodend home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Lower Woodend distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Lower Woodend right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Lower Woodend

The electricity distribution network operator for Lower Woodend 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 Lower Woodend

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was 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 electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lower Woodend

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Lower Woodend, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Lower Woodend.

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