Reading Water: Company, Prices, Contact, Water hardness - Selectra
If you just moved and have some Reading water questions, you will be able to find out who handles the Reading water supply as well as wastewater services in the water information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Reading water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.
Reading Water Supplier
Reading Water is supplied by one water company, Thames Water. Here are the main Reading water supplier contact details:
|Water Company||Phone Number||Opening Times|
|Thames Water||0800 980 8800||Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm|
Reading sewerage and wastewater is handled also by Thames Water.
|Water Company||Phone Number||Opening Times|
|Thames Water||0800 316 9800||24/7|
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 Reading
Water rates in Reading depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Reading water rates are metered or not by looking at your water bill. Homes with metered Reading water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Homes that are not metered won't, but they will have the rateable value of the home instead of this. The rateable value part of your Reading water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and most likely will not have changed since then.
The average Water Rates Reading residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £374 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs.
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Reading Water Hardness
Reading water hardness is rated as Hard. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Thames Water's supply area, Reading water picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.
Reading water hardness rating means that the hard water in your home will lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and loos. There are ways to mitigate hard water furring or scaling in reading.
- Baths, sinks and toilets: Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in most local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits
- Kettles: Do not overfill your kettle with water in general. Make sure that you 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.
- 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 Reading?
Yes! You can drink the water in Reading. You can rest assured that Reading water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Reading water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is perfectly safe to drink. It is not necessary to boil or filter Reading water to make it potable.
If you notice a change in taste or smell of Reading water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes in water characteristics can infuse Reading water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can 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 Thames Water .
Reading Water Problems
Reading 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 Reading property, you need to do one of the following:
- If you are out and about, call or tweet at Thames Water depending on whether the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of Thames Water and fill out the online form.
Reading 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 Thames Water outage impacting Reading.
- Check the "Help and advice" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open
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 Thames Water for assistance.