Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Olney

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

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About Olney, Buckinghamshire

Olney MK46 has a population of 6,477 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Olney?

Olney water services are supplied by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Olney

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

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact number
0345 791 9155 0345 714 5145
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm,Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm,Bank holidays 10am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water

You can also write to Anglian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

If you would like to email Anglian Water, you should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Olney

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

Metered Customers in Olney

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Olney 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 Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Olney home.

Unmetered Customers in Olney

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Olney will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Olney water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Olney may save you money.

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 Olney?

The average water bill Olney residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

How do I pay my Olney water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details with Anglian 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 Olney 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 Anglian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Olney?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Olney MK46, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Olney Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Olney

Is water from the tap in Olney safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Olney come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Olney:

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

Is the water hard in Olney

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 Olney is below 200ppm, this means the water in Olney is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Olney higher than. medium 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

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

  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.

Olney No Water

If you have no water in your Olney home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Olney.

If there is no water at your Olney 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 Olney.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Olney water leak or flooding

Olney water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Olney 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 Olney property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Olney taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Olney water this may be due 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 Olney water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Olney water.

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

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Internet in Olney MK46

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Olney with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Olney Average Download Speed Olney Average Upload Speed
91.70 Mbps 42.90 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Olney. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Olney?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Olney.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Olney is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Olney should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Olney?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Olney
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Olney homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Olney.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Olney.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Olney broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Olney. You will see many broadband providers are 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 when you sign up for a internet connection in Olney. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Olney Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Olney should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

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

Olney broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Olney internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service 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 Olney.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Olney have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Olney?

The average internet speed in Olney is:

Olney Average Download Speed Olney Average Upload Speed
91.70 Mbps 42.90 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Olney, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Olney property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Olney.

Usual Internet habits 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Olney

Corded telephone area code Olney

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Olney is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Olney, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Olney call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Olney

Residents in Olney are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Olney home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Olney distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Olney right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Olney

The electricity distribution network operator for Olney is Western Power Distribution - East Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - East Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - East Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 678 3105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton
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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 Olney

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Olney

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Olney, we've found the closest five municipalities to Olney.