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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Sindlesham

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

About Sindlesham, Berkshire

Sindlesham RG41 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Sindlesham?

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

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Sindlesham

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Sindlesham water account.

South East Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone 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
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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 contact number Thames Water Emergency contact number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to South East Water or Thames Water

You can also write to South East Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South East Water or Thames Water website.

South East Water

Customer that want to post 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

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

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Sindlesham

Water bill in Sindlesham

Water rates in Sindlesham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Sindlesham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Sindlesham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Sindlesham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Sindlesham 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 South East Water or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Sindlesham home.

Unmetered Customers in Sindlesham

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Sindlesham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Sindlesham water rates will have been 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Sindlesham may save you money.

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 Sindlesham?

The average water bill Sindlesham residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Sindlesham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South East Water or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with South East Water 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Sindlesham 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 South East Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Sindlesham?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sindlesham RG41, your water suppliers are 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.

Sindlesham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Sindlesham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sindlesham

Is tap water in Sindlesham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sindlesham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sindlesham:

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

How hard is the water in Sindlesham

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 Sindlesham is higher than 276ppm, this means the water in Sindlesham is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Sindlesham 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

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

  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.

Sindlesham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Sindlesham home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Sindlesham.

If there is no water at your Sindlesham home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Sindlesham.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact 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 South East Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Sindlesham water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call South East Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South East Water or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Sindlesham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Sindlesham 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 affect it by infusing your Sindlesham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Sindlesham water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South East Water or Thames Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Sindlesham RG41

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Sindlesham home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Sindlesham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Sindlesham Average Download Speed Sindlesham Average Upload Speed
89.20 Mbps 22.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Sindlesham. 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, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Sindlesham?

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. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Sindlesham.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Sindlesham is the availability. Whilst many homes in Sindlesham should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Sindlesham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Sindlesham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of 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 older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Sindlesham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Sindlesham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Sindlesham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Sindlesham broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Sindlesham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Sindlesham. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Sindlesham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Sindlesham should also be considered, with so many people that work 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.

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 Sindlesham home is something to think about.

Sindlesham broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Sindlesham internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sindlesham.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Sindlesham have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Sindlesham?

The average speed of broadband in Sindlesham is:

Sindlesham Average Download Speed Sindlesham Average Upload Speed
89.20 Mbps 22.60 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 - this type of connection has 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Sindlesham, from there it's connected to your home 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 Sindlesham house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Sindlesham.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Sindlesham

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

How much does an 01806 Sindlesham call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Sindlesham

People living in Sindlesham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Sindlesham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Sindlesham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Sindlesham right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Sindlesham

The electricity distribution network operator for Sindlesham 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 Sindlesham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Sindlesham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Sindlesham, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Sindlesham.

Closest five municipalities to Sindlesham
Municipality Distance from Sindlesham
Woosehill -
Emmbrook -
Woodley 2.43 miles
Finchampstead 2.63 miles
Wokingham 2.63 miles