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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Owlsmoor

Are you moving and want to know more about Owlsmoor? Our complete guide to utilities in Owlsmoor will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Owlsmoor water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Owlsmoor.

About Owlsmoor, Berkshire

Owlsmoor GU47 has a population of 5,184 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Owlsmoor?

Owlsmoor water services are supplied by South East Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South East Water:

How to reach your water provider in Owlsmoor

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Owlsmoor water problems.

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

South East Water phone number South East Water Emergency phone number
0333 000 0001 0333 000 0365
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to South East Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South East Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to South East Water can do so by writing to the South East Water address below:

South East Water Address
Rocfort Road
Snodland, Kent
ME6 5AH

Cost of water in Owlsmoor

Water bill in Owlsmoor

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

Metered Customers in Owlsmoor

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

Unmetered Customers in Owlsmoor

Customers without a meter at their Owlsmoor home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Owlsmoor home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Owlsmoor is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Owlsmoor water rates will have been 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Owlsmoor could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Owlsmoor?

The average water bill Owlsmoor residents are being charged is £18.42 per month, which is £221 a year.

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How do I pay my Owlsmoor water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water. Once you've registered an account with South East 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 Owlsmoor bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South East Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Owlsmoor?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Owlsmoor GU47, your water supplier is South East 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.

Owlsmoor Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Owlsmoor

Is tap water in Owlsmoor safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Owlsmoor come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Owlsmoor:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Owlsmoor

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 Owlsmoor is fewer than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Owlsmoor is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Owlsmoor over. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Owlsmoor.

  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.

Owlsmoor No Water

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

If there is no water at your Owlsmoor 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 Owlsmoor.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South East Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Owlsmoor water leak or flooding

Owlsmoor water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Owlsmoor home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

  1. Call South East Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South East Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Owlsmoor taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Owlsmoor water this could be down 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 Owlsmoor 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 Owlsmoor water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with South East Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Owlsmoor GU47

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Owlsmoor home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Owlsmoor with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Owlsmoor Average Download Speed Owlsmoor Average Upload Speed
89.00 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Owlsmoor. 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Owlsmoor.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Owlsmoor is the availability. The majority of homes in Owlsmoor can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Owlsmoor?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Owlsmoor
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Owlsmoor homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Owlsmoor.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Owlsmoor.
    • 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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Owlsmoor broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Owlsmoor. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially 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 broadband connection in Owlsmoor. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Owlsmoor Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Owlsmoor should 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.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Owlsmoor home will be an important thing to consider.

Owlsmoor broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Owlsmoor broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Owlsmoor.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Owlsmoor?

The average internet speed in Owlsmoor is:

Owlsmoor Average Download Speed Owlsmoor Average Upload Speed
89.00 Mbps 19.50 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Owlsmoor, from there it's connected to your home 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 Owlsmoor property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend 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 Owlsmoor.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download 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
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Owlsmoor

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Owlsmoor is 01344. If you call someone in Owlsmoor, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01344 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01344 Owlsmoor 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. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling 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 Owlsmoor

People living in Owlsmoor are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Owlsmoor home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Owlsmoor distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Owlsmoor below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Owlsmoor

The electricity distribution network operator for Owlsmoor 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 Owlsmoor

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

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 fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Owlsmoor

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Owlsmoor, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Owlsmoor.

Closest five municipalities to Owlsmoor
Municipality Distance from Owlsmoor
College Town 0.01 miles
Crowthorne 1.11 miles