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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Priestwood

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

About Priestwood, Berkshire

Priestwood RG42 has a population of 7,953 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Priestwood?

Priestwood water services are supplied by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, South East Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Priestwood

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Priestwood water issues.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water contact number Affinity Water Emergency contact number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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South East Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Thames Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water contact number Thames Water Emergency contact number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, South East Water, Thames Water, or is one of many contact methods to talk about your Priestwood water issues.

Write to Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water

You can also write to Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water, South East Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

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

Affinity Water Address
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

South East Water

If you prefer to send 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

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 would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Priestwood

Water bill in Priestwood

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

Metered Customers in Priestwood

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Priestwood property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Priestwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Priestwood

Customers who don't have a meter at their Priestwood home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Priestwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Priestwood is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Priestwood 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Priestwood could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Priestwood?

The average water bill Priestwood residents are billed varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Priestwood water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Priestwood bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, South East Water, 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 Priestwood?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Priestwood RG42, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, South East Water 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.

Priestwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Priestwood

Is tap water in Priestwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Priestwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Priestwood:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Priestwood

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 Priestwood is more than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Priestwood is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Priestwood contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Priestwood No Water

If you have no water in your Priestwood home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Priestwood.

If there is no water at your Priestwood home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Priestwood.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Priestwood water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water, South East Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Priestwood taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Priestwood RG42

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The broadband speed you get at your Priestwood home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Priestwood 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?

Priestwood Average Download Speed Priestwood Average Upload Speed
78.20 Mbps 15.57 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Priestwood. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, 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 Priestwood?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Priestwood.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Priestwood is what's available. The majority of homes in Priestwood can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Priestwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Priestwood
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Priestwood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Priestwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Priestwood.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Priestwood broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Priestwood. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Priestwood. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Priestwood Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Priestwood 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 stay in touch with work is a priority.

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

Priestwood broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Priestwood internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Priestwood.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Priestwood have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Priestwood?

The average internet speed in Priestwood is:

Priestwood Average Download Speed Priestwood Average Upload Speed
78.20 Mbps 15.57 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 Priestwood, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Priestwood home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Priestwood.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so 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 Priestwood

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Priestwood is 01806. When making a call to someone in Priestwood, 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 Priestwood call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Priestwood

People living in Priestwood are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied 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 Priestwood home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Priestwood distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Priestwood below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Priestwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Priestwood 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 Priestwood

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

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%). In addition, 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Priestwood

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Priestwood, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Priestwood.

Closest five municipalities to Priestwood
Municipality Distance from Priestwood
Binfield -
Warfield -
Newell Green -
Bracknell 2.36 miles
Bullbrook 2.36 miles