Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wargrave
If you've moved and have questions about Wargrave? Our complete guide to utilities in Wargrave will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Wargrave water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Wargrave.
About Wargrave, Berkshire
Wargrave RG10 has a population of 2,764 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.
Who supplies my water in Wargrave?
How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Wargrave
Speaking to an advisor at South East Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Wargrave water problems.
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 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|
Moving to Wargrave?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Thames Water contact numbers
In the table below you will find the contact 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|
Write to South East Water or Thames Water
You can also get in touch with South East Water or Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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|
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
If you would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:
|Thames Water Email Address|
Price of water in Wargrave
Water rates in Wargrave will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Wargrave water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Wargrave water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Wargrave
Customers that have a water meter at their Wargrave 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 are for the consumption at your Wargrave home.
Unmetered Customers in Wargrave
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Wargrave 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 Wargrave home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Wargrave is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Wargrave water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.
Should I get a water meter installed?
You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Wargrave might work out cheaper.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Wargrave?
The average water bill Wargrave residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. 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|
Expensive Wargrave water bills?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.
How do I pay my Wargrave 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 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
You may be able to choose how often you pay your Wargrave bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Wargrave?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wargrave RG10, 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.
Wargrave Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Wargrave have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wargrave
Is water from the tap in Wargrave safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Wargrave. You can rest assured that Wargrave water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Wargrave 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 Wargrave water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Wargrave come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Wargrave:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Wargrave
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 in Wargrave is higher than 276ppm, this means the water in Wargrave is rated as very hard water.
What does this mean?
The water being supplied to your home in Wargrave 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.
We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Wargrave.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Wargrave No Water
If you have no water in your Wargrave 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 Wargrave.
If there is no water at your Wargrave 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 will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Wargrave.
If you don't have any 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:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of South East Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Wargrave water leak or flooding
Wargrave water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Wargrave home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Wargrave property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Contact South East Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your 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 Wargrave taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Wargrave water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Wargrave water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wargrave 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 Wargrave RG10
The speed of your internet connection at your Wargrave home depends on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Where you've placed your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Wargrave with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Wargrave Average Download Speed||Wargrave Average Upload Speed|
|87.87 Mbps||15.70 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Wargrave?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Wargrave. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.
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 that's available.
What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Wargrave?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Wargrave.
The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Wargrave is what's available. The majority of homes in Wargrave can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What kinds of internet connection are available in Wargrave?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Wargrave
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Wargrave homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Wargrave.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Wargrave?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Wargrave broadband value for money
Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Wargrave. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet connection in Wargrave. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Wargrave Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Wargrave must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.
The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Wargrave home will be an important thing to consider.
Wargrave broadband customer service
Lastly, the customer service of your Wargrave broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Wargrave.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Wargrave have about broadband internet.
Broadband Internet FAQs
How fast is the broadband in Wargrave?
The average broadband speed in Wargrave is:
|Wargrave Average Download Speed||Wargrave Average Upload Speed|
|87.87 Mbps||15.70 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
Put simply, 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 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 Wargrave, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Wargrave house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 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. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Wargrave.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Broadband Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.
What's the telephone dialling code of Wargrave
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Wargrave is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Wargrave, 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 Wargrave call cost?
If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Electricity and Gas in Wargrave
People living in Wargrave can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Wargrave home to the gas and electricity networks.
In many cases you won't need to speak to the Wargrave distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Wargrave 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 for Wargrave
The electricity distribution network operator for Wargrave 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|
|Address||Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Wargrave?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to do your bit for the environment.
Power Generation near Wargrave
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Wargrave.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from 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 accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Wargrave
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Wargrave, we've found the closest five municipalities to Wargrave.