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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Richings Park

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

About Richings Park, Berkshire

Richings Park SL0 has a population of 1,997 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Richings Park?

Richings Park water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Richings Park

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Richings Park water issues.

Affinity Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water phone number Affinity Water Emergency phone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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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 Affinity Water or Thames Water

You can also write to Affinity Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

Customer that want to post 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

Thames Water

Customer that want to post 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 should use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Richings Park

Water bill in Richings Park

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

Metered Customers in Richings Park

Customers that have a water meter at their Richings Park home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Richings Park home.

Unmetered Customers in Richings Park

Customers without a meter at their Richings Park 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 Richings Park home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Richings Park is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Richings Park 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Richings Park might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Richings Park?

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

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Richings Park water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water or 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Richings Park bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Richings Park?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Richings Park SL0, your water suppliers are Affinity 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.

Richings Park Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Richings Park have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Richings Park

Is water from the tap in Richings Park safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Richings Park come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Richings Park:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Richings Park

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 Richings Park is higher than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Richings Park is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Richings Park contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Richings Park.

  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.

Richings Park No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Richings Park home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Richings Park.

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

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water or 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.

Richings Park water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Affinity Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Richings Park taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Richings Park 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 infuse the Richings Park water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Richings Park water.

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

Broadband Speed in Richings Park SL0

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The broadband speed you get at your Richings Park home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Richings Park with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Richings Park Average Download Speed Richings Park Average Upload Speed
92.20 Mbps 25.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Richings Park. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Richings Park?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Richings Park.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Richings Park is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Richings Park can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Richings Park?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Richings Park
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Richings Park homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Richings Park.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Richings Park.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Richings Park broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Richings Park. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Richings Park. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Richings Park Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Richings Park must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Richings Park home is going to be important.

Richings Park broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Richings Park internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Richings Park.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Richings Park have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Richings Park?

The average speed of broadband in Richings Park is:

Richings Park Average Download Speed Richings Park Average Upload Speed
92.20 Mbps 25.90 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 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 Richings Park, 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 Richings Park home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Richings Park.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Richings Park

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Richings Park is 01806. When making a call to someone in Richings Park, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Richings Park call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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.

Electricity and Gas in Richings Park

Residents of Richings Park are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Richings Park distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Richings Park in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Richings Park

The electricity distribution network operator for Richings Park 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 Richings Park

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

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 amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Richings Park

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Richings Park, we've found the five closest municipalities to Richings Park.

Closest five municipalities to Richings Park
Municipality Distance from Richings Park
Iver Heath -
Iver -
Sipson 1.98 miles
Harmondsworth 1.98 miles