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Earl Shilton Water: Supplier, Hardness & Rates

If you just moved home and have some Earl Shilton water questions, in this water guide you will be able to find who handles the Earl Shilton water supply as well as wastewater services. Additionally, we will discuss how the areas water hardness rating will affect you, and how to identify the type of rates that apply to your home.

Earl Shilton Water Supplier

Earl Shilton water is supplied by one water company, Thames Water. Here are the contact details for your Earl Shilton water supplier:

Earl Shilton Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Thames Water 0800 980 8800 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm

Earl Shilton sewerage and wastewater is handled by the same company. Here are Earl Shilton sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Earl Shilton Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Thames Water 0800 316 9800 24/7/365

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

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Where does Earl Shilton water come from?

Thames Water sources its water supply from a combination primarily from rivers and aquifers. Around 70% of the total supply comes from river and surface water sources in the Thames Valley, while the remaining 30% is sourced from the water table via aquifers. All of the water supplied to your home goes through an extensive filtration and cleansing process making it safe to drink.

Water Rates Earl Shilton

Residential properties have two forms of rates - metered, and unmetered. Homes that have metered Earl Shilton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills. Alternately if the account number starts with MC, this means metered customer, and UC for unmetered customer.

If you don't have a water bill, you can look around your home for a water meter. This would usually be next to the stop tap in the garage or kitchen, or it could be in the garden in a small box sunk in the ground.

If your home is equipped with a water meter, it is important that you give your supplier regular water meter readings. Not doing do could result in your provider estimating your bills, which may be innacurate.

Homes that don't have a water meter will have the rateable value of the home instead of this. The rateable value is based on several factors such as the size of your home, its location, and the availability of services to create an estimated consumption value, which is then used to generate your bill.

The average water rates Earl Shilton residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £374 a year. This amount combines both sewerage costs and water supply.

This useful guide to water rates in the UK will give you some great tips on how you can start reducing your average spend.

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Earl Shilton Water Hardness

Earl Shilton's water hardness is rated as very hard water. Waters hardness rating is based on the value of dissolved minerals such as magnesium or calcium that it contains. In essence, the higher the mineral value is, the harder your water rating will be in general.

Earl Shilton water's very hard rating means that the hard water in your home will lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and toilets, and even potentially the deterioration of appliances that use water. Here are a few things you can do to combat the effects of hard water:

  1. Kettles - Do not overfill your kettle with water. Cleaning your kettle by half-filling and adding two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up will also hp to loosen and remove limescale build-up.
  2. Baths, sinks and toilets - Clean these areas with an acidic sanitizer. This will help to reduce and slow the accumulation of limescale deposits.
  3. Clothing - Liquid detergents should be used over powder detergents due to them being generally more effective at resisting water hardness. Additionally, you should clean your washing machine by adding baking soda and white vinegar directly into the drum and setting it to a hot wash. Make sure to wipe down the drum thoroughly afterwards.
  4. Dishwashers - Take advantage of the built-in water softener. Make sure you regularly top off it off with dishwasher salt in the appropriate compartment.

Can you drink the water in Earl Shilton?

Of course! You can drink the water in Earl Shilton without worry or the need to further filter your water to make it potable. The water quality of Earl Shilton was scored at 99.96% by The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that all standards and laws pertaining to its quality are met.

If you are experiencing a slight change in the taste or smell of your water, this could be for one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is used to ensure that the water pipe network stays hygienic, and is used in safe volumes.
  2. Plumbing such as pipes, taps and their repairs can influence your waters taste, imbuing it with a mild metallic, rubbery, or salty flavour.
  3. Seasonal changes in water characteristics can infuse the water in Earl Shilton with an earthy taste or smell. As your water source can change through the year, so too each source has its own unique mineral composition, which can influence your water.

If you feel that your water may no longer be safe to drink, or have queries about your water's quality, you should not hesitate to contact Thames Water.

Earl Shilton Water Problems

Water problems can come in many forms, stretching from burst pipes, flooding, or even failure of supply. It is important that you are aware of how to troubleshoot your issue, and what your next steps should be.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Earl Shilton property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. Call Thames Water directly or reach out to them on social media on Facebook or Twitter (available 24/7).
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and fill out the online form. There is also a section to view active incidents, which will list any known instances and the expected time of service resumption.

Earl Shilton Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a Thames Water issue impacting Earl Shilton.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Earl Shilton may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Or, Thames Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Earl Shilton.
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear.
  4. If there is no improvement after trying this, you can contact Thames Water for assistance.

Earl Shilton No Water

If you have no water in your home, before calling you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or a Thames Water outage impacting Earl Shilton.

  1. Check the "Contact Us" or "Report problems" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water, and the expected time of service resumption.
  2. Check that your stop tap is open. If this is in the closed position, turning it to the open position should allow water flow to resume.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you. If they don't, this suggests the problem relates to your homes plumbing, and you may need to contact a plumber.
  4. If you have no water, is it only no cold water or no hot water? If you have no hot water but have cold water still, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company.

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for assistance.

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