Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Painswick

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

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About Painswick, Gloucestershire

Painswick GL6 has a population of 1,762 and is located in the county of Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire has a population of 633,558 people.

Who supplies my water in Painswick?

Painswick water services are supplied by Severn Trent. Below are the main phone numbers for Severn Trent, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Painswick

Calling a phone number for Severn Trent or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Painswick water account.

Severn Trent phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent phone number Severn Trent Emergency phone number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water phone numbers

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

Write to Severn Trent or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Severn Trent or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Severn Trent or Thames Water website.

Severn Trent

If you prefer to send a letter to Severn Trent can do so by writing to the Severn Trent address below:

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

If you want to email Severn Trent, you can use the email address below:

Severn Trent Email Address
[email protected]

Thames Water

If you prefer to send 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
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Painswick

Water bill in Painswick

Water rates in Painswick are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Painswick water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Painswick water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Painswick

Customers with a water meter at their Painswick home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Severn Trent or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Painswick home.

Unmetered Customers in Painswick

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Painswick home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Painswick home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Painswick is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Painswick water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Painswick might work out 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 Painswick?

The average water bill Painswick residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
Thames Water £19.33 £232

How do I pay my Painswick water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Severn Trent or Thames Water. After you've registered with Severn Trent or Thames 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Painswick bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Severn Trent or 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 Painswick?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Painswick GL6, your water suppliers are Severn Trent and 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.

Painswick Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Painswick

Is water from the tap in Painswick safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Painswick come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Painswick:

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

How hard is the water in Painswick

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 Painswick is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Painswick is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Painswick contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Painswick No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Painswick 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 Painswick.

If there is no water at your Painswick home, is the problem 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 Painswick.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Severn Trent or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Severn Trent or 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Painswick water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call Severn Trent or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Severn Trent or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Painswick taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Painswick water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Painswick water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Painswick water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Severn Trent or Thames Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband in Painswick GL6

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The broadband speed you get at your Painswick home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Painswick 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?

Painswick Average Download Speed Painswick Average Upload Speed
56.45 Mbps 24.30 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Painswick. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Painswick?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Painswick.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Painswick is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Painswick should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Painswick?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Painswick
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's 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 internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Painswick homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Painswick.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Painswick.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Painswick broadband price

Painswick broadband bill

You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Painswick. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Painswick. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Painswick Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Painswick should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Painswick home is something to think about.

Painswick broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Painswick broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Painswick.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Painswick ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Painswick?

The average broadband speed in Painswick is:

Painswick Average Download Speed Painswick Average Upload Speed
56.45 Mbps 24.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Painswick, from which it is connected to your property 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 Painswick property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when getting connected in Painswick.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Painswick

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Painswick is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Painswick, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Painswick call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Painswick

Residents of Painswick can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Painswick home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Painswick distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Painswick in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Painswick

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

Western Power Distribution - Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton
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The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Painswick

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Painswick

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Painswick, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Painswick.

Closest five municipalities to Painswick
Municipality Distance from Painswick
Stroud 1.73 miles
Tetbury 2.94 miles
Stonehouse 4.87 miles
Dursley 7.71 miles