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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Tadley

If you just moved and have some questions about Tadley? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Tadley is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Tadley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Tadley.

About Tadley, Berkshire

Tadley RG26 has a population of 15,836 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Tadley?

Tadley water utilities are supplied by South East Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South East Water, Southern Water, and Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Tadley

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Tadley water issues.

South East Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for South East Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Southern Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Southern Water telephone number Southern Water Emergency telephone number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Calling a phone number for South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, or is one of many options to talk about your Tadley water issues.

Write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water

You can also write to South East Water, Southern Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South East Water, Southern 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

Southern Water

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

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

Customers that would rather email Southern Water, you can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

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

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Tadley

Water bill in Tadley

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

Metered Customers in Tadley

Customers with a water meter at their Tadley house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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, Southern Water, or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Tadley home.

Unmetered Customers in Tadley

Customers without a meter at their Tadley home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Tadley home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Tadley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Tadley water rates would have been 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Tadley may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Tadley?

The average water bill Tadley residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
South East Water £18.42 £221
Southern Water £14.25 £171
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Tadley water bill?

You will first need to register with South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water. After you've registered with South East Water, Southern 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 Tadley bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Tadley?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Tadley RG26, your water suppliers are South East Water, Southern 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.

Tadley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Tadley

Is water from the tap in Tadley safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Tadley. You can rest assured that Tadley water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Tadley water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Tadley water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Tadley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Tadley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Tadley

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Tadley contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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

  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.

Tadley No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Tadley 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 Tadley.

If there is no water at your Tadley 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 is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Tadley.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South East Water, Southern 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Tadley water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Tadley property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South East Water, Southern Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Tadley taste strange?

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

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

Broadband Speed in Tadley RG26

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The broadband speed you get at your Tadley home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Tadley 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?

Tadley Average Download Speed Tadley Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Tadley. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Tadley?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Tadley.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Tadley is what's available. The majority of homes in Tadley should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 Tadley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Tadley
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Tadley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Tadley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Tadley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Tadley broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Tadley. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal 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 service in Tadley. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Tadley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Tadley also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Tadley home is going to be important.

Tadley broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Tadley internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Tadley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Tadley?

The average speed of broadband in Tadley is:

Tadley Average Download Speed Tadley Average Upload Speed
91.40 Mbps 23.20 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Tadley, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Tadley property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take for a broadband service in Tadley.

Frequent internet uses Recommended 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
Over 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Tadley

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Tadley is 01806. When making a call to someone in Tadley, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Tadley call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes 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'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 Tadley

Residents in Tadley can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Tadley home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Tadley distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Tadley right here.

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 Tadley

The electricity distribution network operator for Tadley 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 Tadley

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

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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Tadley

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Tadley, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Tadley.

Closest five municipalities to Tadley
Municipality Distance from Tadley
Baughurst -
Pamber -
Theale 3.24 miles
Silchester 3.24 miles