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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Stratfield Turgis

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

About Stratfield Turgis, Berkshire

Stratfield Turgis RG27 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Stratfield Turgis?

Stratfield Turgis water services are provided by South East Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South East Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Stratfield Turgis

Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Stratfield Turgis water account.

South East Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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 contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South East Water or Thames Water website.

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

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

Water rates in Stratfield Turgis

Water bill in Stratfield Turgis

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

Metered Customers in Stratfield Turgis

Customers with a water meter at their Stratfield Turgis property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) 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 Stratfield Turgis home.

Unmetered Customers in Stratfield Turgis

Customers who don't have a meter at their Stratfield Turgis home will pay 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 Stratfield Turgis home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Stratfield Turgis is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Stratfield Turgis water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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 Stratfield Turgis might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Stratfield Turgis?

The average water bill Stratfield Turgis residents are charged 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
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Stratfield Turgis water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South East Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with South East 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 Stratfield Turgis bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Stratfield Turgis?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stratfield Turgis RG27, 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.

Stratfield Turgis Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stratfield Turgis

Is tap water in Stratfield Turgis safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Stratfield Turgis come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stratfield Turgis:

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

How hard is the water in Stratfield Turgis

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Stratfield Turgis contains a higher amount 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Stratfield Turgis.

  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.

Stratfield Turgis No Water

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

If there is no water at your Stratfield Turgis home, do you only have 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 Stratfield Turgis.

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

  1. Check for updates on 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for South East 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Stratfield Turgis water leak or flooding

Stratfield Turgis water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Stratfield Turgis home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Stratfield Turgis property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring 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, visit the "report a leak" page on the South East Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Stratfield Turgis taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Stratfield Turgis water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Stratfield Turgis water.

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

Broadband in Stratfield Turgis RG27

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The broadband speed you get at your Stratfield Turgis home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Stratfield Turgis with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Stratfield Turgis Average Download Speed Stratfield Turgis Average Upload Speed
89.23 Mbps 19.28 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Stratfield Turgis. 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 it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Stratfield Turgis?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Stratfield Turgis.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Stratfield Turgis is what's available. Whilst many homes in Stratfield Turgis should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Stratfield Turgis?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Stratfield Turgis
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Stratfield Turgis homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Stratfield Turgis.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Stratfield Turgis.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Stratfield Turgis broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Stratfield Turgis. There are many providers 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 when you sign up for a internet connection in Stratfield Turgis. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Stratfield Turgis Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Stratfield Turgis must also be considered, with so many people that work 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 watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Stratfield Turgis home is something to think about.

Stratfield Turgis broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Stratfield Turgis broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Stratfield Turgis.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Stratfield Turgis?

The average speed of broadband in Stratfield Turgis is:

Stratfield Turgis Average Download Speed Stratfield Turgis Average Upload Speed
89.23 Mbps 19.28 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Stratfield Turgis, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Stratfield Turgis home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Stratfield Turgis.

Main 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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Stratfield Turgis

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

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 Stratfield Turgis

People living in Stratfield Turgis are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Stratfield Turgis home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Stratfield Turgis distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Stratfield Turgis in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Stratfield Turgis

The electricity distribution network operator for Stratfield Turgis 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

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
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Power Generation near Stratfield Turgis

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. 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 electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Stratfield Turgis

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Stratfield Turgis, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Stratfield Turgis.

Closest five municipalities to Stratfield Turgis
Municipality Distance from Stratfield Turgis
Turgis Green -
Sherfield-on-Loddon -
Popley 3.77 miles
Chineham 3.77 miles
Sherborne St John 3.77 miles