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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Well End

Are you moving and want to know more about Well End? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Well End is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Well End water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Well End.

About Well End, Berkshire

Well End SL8 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Well End?

Well End water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Well End

Ringing a contact number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Well End water issues.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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
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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 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

Price of water in Well End

Water bill in Well End

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

Metered Customers in Well End

Customers with a water meter at their Well End 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 Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Well End home.

Unmetered Customers in Well End

Customers who don't have a meter at their Well End home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Well End home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Well End is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Well End water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Well End 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 Well End?

The average water bill Well End residents are being charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 per year.

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How do I pay my Well End water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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 Well End bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Well End?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Well End SL8, 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.

Well End Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Well End have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Well End

Is water from the tap in Well End safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Well End come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Well End:

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

Is the water hard in Well End

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 Well End is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Well End is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Well End contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. 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 Well End.

  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.

Well End No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Well End home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Well End.

If there is no water at your Well End home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Well End.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact 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 Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Thames Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Well End water leak or flooding

Well End water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Well End 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 Well End property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Well End taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Well End 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 infuse the Well End water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Well End water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Well End SL8

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The broadband speed you get at your Well End home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Well End 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?

Well End Average Download Speed Well End Average Upload Speed
76.75 Mbps 20.05 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Well End. 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 UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Well End?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Well End.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Well End is what's available. Most homes in Well End should have access to 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Well End?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Well End
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Well End homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Well End.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Well End.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Well End broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Well End. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Well End. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Well End Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Well End also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Well End home is going to be important.

Well End broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Well End internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will 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 deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Well End.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Well End?

The average broadband speed in Well End is:

Well End Average Download Speed Well End Average Upload Speed
76.75 Mbps 20.05 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Well End, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Well End house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Well End.

Frequent 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Well End

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Well End is 01628. If you're calling somebody in Well End, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01628 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01628 Well End call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included with your 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 don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Well End

People living in Well End are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Well End distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Well End 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 Well End

The electricity distribution network operator for Well End 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 Well End

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Well End

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Well End, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Well End.

Closest five municipalities to Well End
Municipality Distance from Well End
Wooburn Green 1.84 miles
Wooburn 1.84 miles
Tylers Green 1.84 miles
Penn 1.84 miles
Loudwater 1.84 miles