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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Skirmett

If you've moved and have questions about Skirmett? Our utilities guide to Skirmett is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Skirmett water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Skirmett.

About Skirmett, Berkshire

Skirmett RG9 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Skirmett?

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

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Skirmett

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Skirmett water issues.

South East Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact 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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Thames Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact 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 South East Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with South East Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

If you want to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Skirmett

Water bill in Skirmett

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

Metered Customers in Skirmett

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

Unmetered Customers in Skirmett

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Skirmett is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Skirmett 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Skirmett might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Skirmett?

The average water bill Skirmett residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

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

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water or Thames Water. After you register your details 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 Skirmett bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your 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 Skirmett?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Skirmett RG9, 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.

Skirmett Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Skirmett

Is water from the tap in Skirmett safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Skirmett come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Skirmett:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Skirmett

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Skirmett contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Skirmett.

  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.

Skirmett No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Skirmett home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Skirmett.

If there is no water at your Skirmett home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Skirmett.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South East Water or Thames Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water or Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Skirmett water leak or flooding

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

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

Why does the water in Skirmett taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Skirmett 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 affect it by infusing your Skirmett 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 Skirmett water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South East Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Skirmett RG9

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The speed of your internet connection at your Skirmett home is dependant upon several factors such as:

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

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Skirmett 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?

Skirmett Average Download Speed Skirmett Average Upload Speed
64.67 Mbps 15.37 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Skirmett. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Skirmett?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Skirmett.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Skirmett is the availability. Whilst many homes in Skirmett should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Skirmett?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Skirmett
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Skirmett homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Skirmett.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Skirmett.
    • 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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Skirmett broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Skirmett. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Skirmett. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Skirmett Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Skirmett should also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Skirmett home is going to be important.

Skirmett broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Skirmett broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Skirmett.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Skirmett have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Skirmett?

The average internet speed in Skirmett is:

Skirmett Average Download Speed Skirmett Average Upload Speed
64.67 Mbps 15.37 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Skirmett, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Skirmett home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Skirmett.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 Skirmett

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Skirmett is 01806. When making a call to someone in Skirmett, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Skirmett call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Skirmett

People living in Skirmett can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Skirmett distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Skirmett in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Skirmett

The electricity distribution network operator for Skirmett 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 Skirmett

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Skirmett

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Skirmett, we've found the five closest municipalities to Skirmett.