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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Woosehill

If you just moved and have some questions about Woosehill? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Woosehill will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Woosehill water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Woosehill.

About Woosehill, Berkshire

Woosehill RG41 is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Woosehill?

Woosehill water services are provided by South East Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South East Water, and Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Woosehill

Calling a phone number for South East Water or Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Woosehill water account.

South East Water telephone numbers

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

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

In the table below you will find the telephone 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

Write to South East Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South East Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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
Rocfort Road
Snodland, Kent
ME6 5AH

Thames Water

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
Swindon
SN38 3TW

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Woosehill

Water bill in Woosehill

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

Metered Customers in Woosehill

Customers with a water meter at their Woosehill 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Woosehill home.

Unmetered Customers in Woosehill

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Woosehill home have 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 Woosehill home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Woosehill is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Woosehill water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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 Woosehill may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Woosehill?

The average water bill Woosehill 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 Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
South East Water £18.42 £221
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Woosehill water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South East Water or Thames Water. After you register your details with South East 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Woosehill bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South East Water or 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 Woosehill?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Woosehill RG41, 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.

Woosehill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Woosehill

Is the tap water in Woosehill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Woosehill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Woosehill:

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

How hard is the water in Woosehill

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 Woosehill is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Woosehill is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Woosehill contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Woosehill.

  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.

Woosehill No Water

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

If there is no water at your Woosehill 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 Woosehill.

If your home has no 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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South East Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South East Water or Thames Water, they will often tweet 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.

Woosehill water leak or flooding

Woosehill water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Woosehill 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 Woosehill property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring South East 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 or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Woosehill taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Woosehill 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 Woosehill 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 Woosehill water.

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

Internet in Woosehill RG41

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The speed of your internet connection at your Woosehill home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Woosehill with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Woosehill Average Download Speed Woosehill Average Upload Speed
89.20 Mbps 22.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Woosehill. 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 homes 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.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Woosehill.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Woosehill is the availability. Most homes in Woosehill can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Woosehill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Woosehill
    • 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 broadband internet 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Woosehill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Woosehill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Woosehill.
    • 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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Woosehill broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Woosehill. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Woosehill. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Woosehill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Woosehill must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your 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 Woosehill home is something to think about.

Woosehill broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Woosehill broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Woosehill.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Woosehill ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Woosehill?

The average speed of broadband in Woosehill is:

Woosehill Average Download Speed Woosehill Average Upload Speed
89.20 Mbps 22.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 Woosehill, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Woosehill property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take when getting connected in Woosehill.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Woosehill

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Woosehill is 01806. If you call someone in Woosehill, 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 Woosehill call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Woosehill

People living in Woosehill can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Woosehill distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Woosehill right here.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Woosehill

The electricity distribution network operator for Woosehill 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 Woosehill

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

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 small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Woosehill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Woosehill, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Woosehill.

Closest five municipalities to Woosehill
Municipality Distance from Woosehill
Emmbrook -
Sindlesham -
Woodley 2.43 miles
Finchampstead 2.63 miles
Wokingham 2.63 miles