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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Walton

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

About Walton, Buckinghamshire

Walton HP21 has a population of 600 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Walton?

Walton water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Walton

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Walton water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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
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Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

Price of water in Walton

Water bill in Walton

Water rates in Walton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Walton water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Walton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Walton

Customers with a water meter at their Walton house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Walton home.

Unmetered Customers in Walton

Customers who don't have a meter at their Walton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Walton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Walton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Walton 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Walton could be 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 Walton?

The average water bill Walton residents are billed is £19.33 per month, which is £232 a year.

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How do I pay my Walton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Walton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Walton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Walton HP21, your water supplier is 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.

Walton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Walton

Is water from the tap in Walton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Walton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Walton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Walton

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 Walton is over 276ppm, this means the water in Walton is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Walton 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Walton.

  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.

Walton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Walton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Walton.

If there is no water at your Walton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Walton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Walton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Walton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Walton taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Walton HP21

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The broadband speed you get at your Walton 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 your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Walton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Walton Average Download Speed Walton Average Upload Speed
78.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Walton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Walton?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Walton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Walton is the availability. Most homes in Walton can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast 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 Walton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Walton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Walton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Walton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Walton.
    • 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, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Walton broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Walton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Walton. 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.

Walton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Walton also needs consideration, with many of us working 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 a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Walton home is something to think about.

Walton broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Walton internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Walton.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Walton ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Walton?

The average broadband speed in Walton is:

Walton Average Download Speed Walton Average Upload Speed
78.50 Mbps 14.90 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 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Walton, 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 Walton property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Walton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 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 landline area code in Walton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Walton is 01296. If you're calling somebody in Walton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01296 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01296 Walton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Walton

Residents in Walton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Walton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Walton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Walton below.

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 Walton

The electricity distribution network operator for Walton is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

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 Walton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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 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 Walton

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Walton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Walton.