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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Yattendon

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

About Yattendon, Berkshire

Yattendon RG18 has a population of 369 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Yattendon?

Yattendon water services are provided by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Yattendon

Ringing a contact number for Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Yattendon water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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 must use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Yattendon

Water bill in Yattendon

Water rates in Yattendon will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Yattendon water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Yattendon water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Yattendon

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Yattendon property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Yattendon home.

Unmetered Customers in Yattendon

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Yattendon is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Yattendon water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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, installing a water meter at your Yattendon might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Yattendon?

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

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How do I pay my Yattendon water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. After you register your details with Thames Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Yattendon bill. While some customers like an 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 Yattendon?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Yattendon RG18, 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.

Yattendon Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Yattendon

Is the tap water in Yattendon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Yattendon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Yattendon:

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

How hard is the water in Yattendon

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Yattendon contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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

  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.

Yattendon No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Yattendon home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Yattendon.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Yattendon water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Yattendon taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Yattendon water this could be down 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 Yattendon water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Yattendon water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Thames Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Yattendon RG18

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The speed of your internet connection at your Yattendon home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Yattendon 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?

Yattendon Average Download Speed Yattendon Average Upload Speed
96.40 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Yattendon. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Yattendon.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Yattendon is what's available. Whilst many homes in Yattendon can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Yattendon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Yattendon
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Yattendon homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Yattendon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Yattendon.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Yattendon broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Yattendon. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Yattendon. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Yattendon Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Yattendon must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Yattendon home is something to think about.

Yattendon broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Yattendon internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Yattendon.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Yattendon have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Yattendon?

The average speed of broadband in Yattendon is:

Yattendon Average Download Speed Yattendon Average Upload Speed
96.40 Mbps 35.20 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Yattendon, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Yattendon house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Yattendon.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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
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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Yattendon

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Yattendon is 01806. When making a call to someone in Yattendon, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Yattendon call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Yattendon

People living in Yattendon are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, 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 these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Yattendon home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Yattendon distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Yattendon 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 in Yattendon

The electricity distribution network operator for Yattendon 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 Yattendon

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Yattendon

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Yattendon, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Yattendon.

Closest five municipalities to Yattendon
Municipality Distance from Yattendon
Hampstead Norreys 0.01 miles
Thatcham 2.64 miles
Newbury 3.36 miles
Chieveley 3.8 miles