Littlehampton Water: Water Rates, Bills & Supply Info - Selectra

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If you just recently moved and have some Littlehampton water questions, on this page you will be able to find out who handles the Littlehampton water supply as well as wastewater services in the information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Littlehampton water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.

Littlehampton Water Supplier

Littlehampton Water is supplied by one water company, Southern Water. Here are the contact details for your Littlehampton water supplier:

Littlehampton Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Southern Water 0330 303 0277 Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm

Littlehampton sewerage and wastewater is handled by the same company, Southern Water. Here are Littlehampton sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Littlehampton Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Southern Water 0330 303 0368 Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat & Sun 7:30am-10:30pm, 24/7 for emergencies

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

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Water Rates Littlehampton

Water rates in Littlehampton depend on whether your home has a water meter. If you have a water bill available, this should inform you of if your property is metered or not, as a metered property will have a water meter number listed on the bill. If you have a metered property, it is advisable to give your meter readings to Southern Water as often as you can to ensure that your bills are as accurate as possible.

Homes that are not metered won't have this, but they will have the rateable value of the home instead. The rateable value part of your Littlehampton water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed significantly since then. These rates are based on the property size, location, availability of local services, and are subject to review every 5 years.

If you've just moved in or otherwise don't have a bill available, you can look outside your home or in the front garden for a meter. Sometimes the meter may be located inside your house near the stop tap.

If you want to read more about water meters check out Selectra's simple guide to water meters.

The average water rates Littlehampton residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £418 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs.

If you want to save money on your water bill then our handy guide to water rates in the UK will give you some advice on how to start lowering your water bill.

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Littlehampton Water Hardness

Littlehampton water hardness is rated as hard water. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Littlehampton Water's supply area, Littlehampton water picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.

Littlehampton's water hardness rating means that the hardness of the water in your home will lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and loos. However, there are things you can do to help mitigate hard water furring or scaling in your home.

  1. Baths, sinks and toilets: Make sure to use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in most local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces such as around taps or plug holes in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles: Do not overfill your kettle with water, using only the amount of water that you require. Make sure that you also clean your kettle by half-filling and adding two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove the scale.
  3. Dishwashers: Take advantage of the built-in water softener. Make sure you regularly top it off with dishwasher salt in the appropriate compartment.

Can you drink the water in Littlehampton?

Yes! You can drink the water in Littlehampton. Littlehampton water meets the highest standards to make the water safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Littlehampton water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink and it is not necessary to boil or filter Littlehampton water to make it potable.

If you notice a change in taste or smell of Littlehampton water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network. The volume of chlorine within the water system is closely monitored at all times, and does not cause harmful health effects
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse Littlehampton water with an earthy smell or taste due to changes in the temperature and the type of nutrients and minerals that find their way into the water system.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell or appearance, you should not hesitate to contact Southern Water.

Littlehampton Water Problems

Littlehampton's water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding to no water in your 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 Littlehampton property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out and about, call or tweet Southern Water
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of Southern Water and fill out the online form.

Littlehampton No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or a Southern Water outage impacting Littlehampton.

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Southern Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you. If they are experiencing the same problems, this will likely be a Southern Water outage
  3. Check that your stop tap is open. This may have been knocked into the closed position. If this is the case, turn the tap to the open position. This should allow water to flow from your taps
  4. If you have no water, is it only no cold water, or no hot water? If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Southern Water for assistance, as this may be a supply fault.

Littlehampton Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a Southern Water issue impacting Littlehampton.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Littlehampton may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Alternately, Southern Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Littlehampton
  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, or your water retains a particularly strong or unusual taste after discolouration, you should contact Southern Water for assistance.

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