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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Medmenham

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

About Medmenham, Berkshire

Medmenham SL7 has a population of 1,030 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Medmenham?

Medmenham water services are provided by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Medmenham

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Medmenham water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone 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
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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 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

Cost of water in Medmenham

Water bill in Medmenham

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

Metered Customers in Medmenham

Customers that have a water meter at their Medmenham 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Medmenham home.

Unmetered Customers in Medmenham

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Medmenham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Medmenham water rates will 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Medmenham may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Medmenham?

The average water bill Medmenham residents are being charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 a year.

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How do I pay my Medmenham 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Medmenham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Medmenham?

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

Medmenham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Medmenham

Is water from the tap in Medmenham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Medmenham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Medmenham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Medmenham

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

What does this mean?

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

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Medmenham.

  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.

Medmenham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Medmenham 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 Medmenham.

If there is no water at your Medmenham 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 Medmenham.

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

  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, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Medmenham water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Medmenham property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Medmenham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Medmenham water this could be down 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 impermeate the Medmenham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Medmenham water.

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

Broadband in Medmenham SL7

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Medmenham with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Medmenham Average Download Speed Medmenham 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 Medmenham. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Medmenham?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Medmenham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Medmenham is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Medmenham should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Medmenham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Medmenham
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Medmenham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Medmenham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Medmenham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Medmenham broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Medmenham. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Medmenham. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Medmenham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Medmenham must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Medmenham home is going to be important.

Medmenham broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Medmenham broadband connection 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 is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Medmenham.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Medmenham have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Medmenham?

The average speed of broadband in Medmenham is:

Medmenham Average Download Speed Medmenham Average Upload Speed
69.33 Mbps 17.23 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Medmenham, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Medmenham home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Medmenham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data 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 telephone area code for Medmenham

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Medmenham is 01806. If you call someone in Medmenham, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Medmenham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Medmenham

Residents in Medmenham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local 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 Medmenham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Medmenham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Medmenham 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 in Medmenham

The electricity distribution network operator for Medmenham 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 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 Medmenham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Medmenham

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

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