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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Marlow Bottom

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

About Marlow Bottom, Berkshire

Marlow Bottom SL7 has a population of 3,438 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Marlow Bottom?

Marlow Bottom water services are provided by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Marlow Bottom

Ringing a contact number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Marlow Bottom water issues.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

You can also get in touch with Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 can use the email address below:

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

Water rates in Marlow Bottom

Water bill in Marlow Bottom

Water rates in Marlow Bottom will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Marlow Bottom water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Marlow Bottom water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Marlow Bottom

Customers with a water meter at their Marlow Bottom house will pay an annual fixed 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Marlow Bottom home.

Unmetered Customers in Marlow Bottom

Customers without a meter at their Marlow Bottom home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Marlow Bottom home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Marlow Bottom is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Marlow Bottom water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Marlow Bottom might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Marlow Bottom?

The average water bill Marlow Bottom residents are being charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 annually.

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How do I pay my Marlow Bottom 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Marlow Bottom bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Marlow Bottom?

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

Marlow Bottom Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Marlow Bottom have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Marlow Bottom

Is the tap water in Marlow Bottom safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Marlow Bottom come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Marlow Bottom:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Marlow Bottom

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 Marlow Bottom is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Marlow Bottom is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Marlow Bottom contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Marlow Bottom.

  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.

Marlow Bottom No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Marlow Bottom home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Marlow Bottom.

If there is no water at your Marlow Bottom home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Marlow Bottom.

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 the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Marlow Bottom water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Marlow Bottom property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Marlow Bottom taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Marlow Bottom water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Marlow Bottom water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Marlow Bottom water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Marlow Bottom SL7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Marlow Bottom home depends on several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Marlow Bottom with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Marlow Bottom Average Download Speed Marlow Bottom Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Marlow Bottom. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Marlow Bottom?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Marlow Bottom.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Marlow Bottom is what's available. Whilst many homes in Marlow Bottom should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Marlow Bottom?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Marlow Bottom
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Marlow Bottom homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Marlow Bottom.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Marlow Bottom.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Marlow Bottom broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Marlow Bottom. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Marlow Bottom. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Marlow Bottom Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Marlow Bottom must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Marlow Bottom home is going to be important.

Marlow Bottom broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Marlow Bottom broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Marlow Bottom.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Marlow Bottom?

The average broadband speed in Marlow Bottom is:

Marlow Bottom Average Download Speed Marlow Bottom Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Marlow Bottom, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Marlow Bottom home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Marlow Bottom.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Marlow Bottom

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Marlow Bottom is 01806. If you call someone in Marlow Bottom, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Marlow Bottom call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Marlow Bottom

Residents in Marlow Bottom are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Marlow Bottom home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Marlow Bottom distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Marlow Bottom in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Marlow Bottom

The electricity distribution network operator for Marlow Bottom 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 Marlow Bottom

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from 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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's 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 Marlow Bottom

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Marlow Bottom, we've found the five closest municipalities to Marlow Bottom.

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