Nice to see you again! There's plenty to do at our Hogsmill Nature Reserve, I must warn you it's membership only - but you can get more details here on how to become a member. Also no refeshments on-site, so make sure you pack a lunch.
Some of the key highlights include
islands and wader scrapes
sand martin bank
The lagoons are pretty awesome, perfect opportunity for some great pictures to put on your instagram!
Here's some more content about our other Nature Reserves, in case you fancy having a little adventure.
Let's go for a walk!
Looking for things to do over the Easter Weekend (even though Easter is over, the content is still relevant!)
Hope this helps, let me know if you have anymore questions.
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In order to move a water main on your property, you can contact our Developer Services.
Or you can do a "self lay" using a private contractor, and we'll come out and do the reconnection.
Let me know if you have anymore questions. Hope this helps!
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Please join us for our annual Raftrace, as we raise money for WaterAid, which is a part of our Thames Love Malawi campaign!
This year’s theme is based around Independence Day, since it takes place on 4th July.
We got a sneak preview of the rafts; one team has decorated their raft to look like a 1950s dinner and another team is paying tribute to the Will Smith’s movie Independence Day.
This event is open to the public and will be held at Reading Rowing Club.
Don’t worry there’s plenty of parking. If you drive past the entrance to the Crowne Plaza car park, through the pay as you go car park onto the fields, where our stewards will help you park safely.
There will be a BBQ, ice cream van and fully licensed bar for everyone to enjoy as well as stalls to check out.
Our executive team will be spilt into two teams, at 5pm they will have a pop quiz challenge. The losing team will have to ride their raft wearing Mr. Tappy (WaterAid) mascot costume.
Here’s the agenda
4pm: Come and view the rafts being prepared, have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere
5pm Executive challenge
6pm: Race begins
7pm’ish: The reason why we say 7pm’ish, it really all depends on when the rafts come in. This is the part where we give out prizes (1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd place) the best fancy dress and the least sporting behaviour (since participants are highly encouraged to splash each other)
Other companies in and around our region will be participating in the race too.
Learn more about our Thames Love Malawi campaign.
Comment below if you have any questions, we look forward to seeing you on the 4 th July!
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One of the most difficult things is losing a love one and getting their affairs in order. It can be very stressful and emotionally draining. We want to make sure we don’t cause you any extra worry.
To help make things easier for you and your family, we’re here to help you close their water account or transfer it to a different name, depending on your specific needs. Please don't share these personal details on our community. This is just for your reference, once you're ready to contact us.
Your full name
Whether you’re the Executor of the estate, and if not, contact details for the person who is
The name of the account holder
Full address of the account holder
The date of passing for the account holder
The address of the Executor if it’s different from the account address
From there, we’ll go over all the details of the account, including any rebates or outstanding balances, and help you transfer it to a different name or close the account as quickly as we can.
We’re here to support you and your family during this difficult time. Please give us a call on 0800 980 8800. Alternatively, reach out to us on our Facebook or Twitter.
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Looking for tips on how to save water in your garden? You've come to the right place.
As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever.
That’s why we’ve worked with Tony Woods, a former RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year, to create a sustainable garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
But don’t worry if you can’t visit the Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden for yourself – we’ve got all the insider tips you need for a water-wise garden, right here…
Step away from the hosepipe
Every year, our population grows by around 100,000 people. Eventually, we’ll reach the point where there’s not enough water to go around.
It doesn’t help that our climate’s changing too. With more heatwaves happening in the summer, it’s no surprise that 40% of people worry about their plants and garden dying during hot weather.
But that doesn’t mean you need to reach for your hosepipe and start spraying everything in sight! You can keep your garden looking lush while still caring for water – and here’s how.
Choose water-wise plants
“What will our gardens look like in the future?” says Tony. “With hotter summers and prolonged periods of drought on the horizon, we’ll see more beautiful gardens with plants that are adapted to survive without water for extended periods of time.”
This was one of the main inspirations for the Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden, which features a wide range of water-wise plants that need less water to thrive.
Take a leaf out of our garden and get your green fingers on:
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): After initial watering and a little bit of time, rosemary will look after itself. As well as being a useful kitchen herb, it looks lovely all year round and will bloom with stunning blue flowers.
English lavender (Lavender angustifolia): Plant this in a sunny spot, ideally in early spring, to reduce its reliance on water. Large, fragrant flower spikes will fill your garden with a lovely scent.
Sea holly (Eryngium zabelii): This unique-looking plant originates from dry mountainous regions and is great for summer. The spiky flowers add a pop of colour, and bees love them!
Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Matrona’): This fleshy plant needs little care, except removal of the previous year’s growth. It has stunning dark fleshy foliage and flowers in late summer.
Catmint (Nepeta): These colourful plants feature soft silver foliage and blue flowers, which only need cutting back after flowering. They’ll bloom for weeks in the summer to attract bees.
Water plants in the right way at the right time
We recommend watering all your plants less often but more thoroughly, using a watering can instead of a hose. This gives your plant’s roots plenty of time to dry out, promoting growth and preventing waterlogging. Win win!
Don’t forget to water your plants late in the evening or early in the morning, rather than in the middle of the day. Otherwise, more water will evaporate in the sun, leaving your plants thirstier than ever.
Protect your soil
Take Tony’s advice on this one. “Using clay-rich, quality soil in your beds and borders will help to hold water more evenly,” he says. “You can also add bark, compost or straw around your plants to reduce evaporation (known as mulching).”
Don’t forget to stay on top of weeds – invasive species can take over your garden quickly, competing with your flowers not just for water, but for sunlight too.
Take a walk on the wild side
From butterflies to bees, birds to badgers, we’re doing everything we can to support Britain’s wildlife at more than 300 of our sites across London and the Thames Valley.
In the Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden, we’ve planted a blooming wildflower meadow underneath soaring native trees like birch and willow to show you how easy it can be to encourage biodiversity in your own garden. It’s time to get your green fingers dirty!
Sow your own wildflowers
Is there anything better than a garden filled with birdsong, buzzing bees and brightly-coloured butterflies?
From brilliant blue cornflowers to pinky-purple corn cockle, ruby-red poppies to sunshine-yellow corn marigold, annual wildflowers will add a pop of colour and provide food and shelter for pollinating insects, birds and small mammals in any outside space.
And you don’t need a full meadow of them, either – native blooms will look just as pretty if you scatter them in your beds and borders.
Plant long grasses
Many butterflies love to eat wild grasses. Why not lure them in by leaving a patch of longer grassland in your garden? Mix in wildflowers and herbs like sorrel and oregano – the more variety, the better, especially if you want to attract as many species as possible.
“Butterflies love the sunshine, so try to pick a warm spot that’s sheltered away from the wind,” Tony says. Just remember to avoid using insecticides and pesticides as they can kill pollinating insects.
Swap fences for hedges
Not only do native hedgerows shield your garden from wind and sun, they’re also the ideal home for hedgehogs, beetles and birds. So why not swap drab fences for fresh greenery?
“It’s not as difficult as you’d think to create a hedge,” says Tony. “You can use most native trees and shrubs, including blackthorn, hawthorn, yew, beech, hornbeam, holly and crab apple, to build your own.” Done right, we reckon it’ll provide a home for hundreds of species in the years to come!
Designed to help you recycle rainwater, reduce water use, keep sewers flowing and reduce flood risks, our latest sustainable innovations will be on display in the Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden. Over the next five years, we’ll be investing around £60 million to develop even more.
But you don’t need to invest lots of money if you want to innovate in your own garden. In fact, a few simple changes can make all the difference…
Make grey areas greener
You can encourage natural drainage and help rainwater to naturally soak into the ground with soakaways or permeable paving, both of which can help to slow the flow of run-off into sewers and reduce the risk of flooding.
But if that’s not possible, why not plant a rain garden with a mix of shrubs, perennials and flowers, which will help to temporarily hold rainwater flowing from your roof, patio or lawn?
Tony also suggests using your pond as a natural holding area for rain. “In the Thames Flourishing Future Garden, we’re using the plants in the pond as a filter for rainwater and excess surface water,” he explains.
Water butts can collect as much as 5,000 litres of water a year – enough to fill 370 buckets or 500 watering cans, which you can use to wash your car or water your plants. Don’t worry if you don’t have a water butt – you can just leave your bucket or watering can out to fill up on rainy days!
Grow your own fruit and veg
As Tony says: “Lots of us are eager to grow our own herbs, fruit and vegetables.” Not only can you live more sustainably by growing your own fruit and veg, you can save money too!
In the Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden, we’ve created a teaching garden to showcase the full range of produce you can grow at home. If you’re a beginner, some of the easiest to care for include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, peas and runner beans.
Visit our Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festivial
From 1 to 7 July 2019, you can enjoy:
World-class show gardens, including our very own Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden
Expert talks on gardening, growing your own produce, cooking and more
Health and wellbeing zones
Stalls selling plants, gardening products and delicious food
Our Thames on Tap Water Fountains – bring a reusable bottle to fill up on as much free water as you like!
Discover how easy it can be to encourage biodiversity, reduce water use and prevent flooding in your garden, local schools and community spaces, and fill up your bottles with world-class drinking water for free.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
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The prize draw is open to all UK residents residing in the Thames Water Region aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Promoter, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.
2. The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
All entries are conducted by you (the “Participant”) demonstrating how you care for water, biodiversity and innovation, by posting a picture on social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc., to depict how you embrace these values in your garden or outside space, along with the hashtag “#FlourishingFutureGarden” and a description of what this means to the you. Only one entry per Participant is permitted .
The opening date for entries is 12:00 on 31 th May 2019. The closing date of the prize draw is 17:00 on 17 th June 2019. Entries received after this time will not be entered into the prize draw.
The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind.
Winners will be chosen at random using a computer process (commentpicker.com) on 18 th June 2019 (”Draw Date”).
There are 10 pairs of tickets for the Hampton Court Flower Show for the show on Saturday 6 th July 2019.
The winners will be notified by the 21 st June 2019, by direct message [DM] (on the social media channel used to enter the competition. The Promoter shall post a congratulations message on the winners entry and request that they send the Promoter a direct message (DM) to enable the Promoter to send a pair of e-tickets electronically to the winning Participants. If the winning Participants fail to DM the Promoter by the 28 th June 2019, the prize will be redistributed and new winners chosen using the process in paragraph 6 above.
The prize for the winner is non-exchangeable and no cash alternative is offered.
The prize is supplied by the Promoter and the Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control makes it necessary to do so.
The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
Authorisation to use the Participant’ Image
12.1 By entering the prize draw winning Participants acknowledge and agree that:
12.1.1 The Promoter, its affiliates and/or persons authorised by the Promoter/its affiliates may film, photograph and/or make other forms of recording of Participants whilst Participants are present at and/or participating at the Promoters stand and any other promotions at the Hampton Court Flower Show event organised for or in connection with the prize draw (“Recording”);
12.1.2 As between the Promoter and Participants, the copyright and any and all other intellectual property rights, title and interest in the Recording shall vest in the Promoter and/or its affiliates who shall be entitled to deal with all or any part of the Recording in such ways as the Promoter and/or its affiliates, in their absolute discretion, see fit; and
12.1.3 the Promoter shall have no obligation to acknowledge Participants in any material in which all or any part of the Recording is included.
12.1.4 For the purposes of the prize, as a Participant, you hereby expressly and free of charge authorise the Promoter to: reproduce, represent, modify, adapt, transfer and distribute your image including the Recording in connection with the prize for all purposes of internal or external communications, including corporate communication, as well as for all public & press relations purposes, and for all commercial, promotional and advertising purposes, notably in relation to the products commercialised by the Promoter, on all support medias including those which are unknown on the date of the prize.
12.1.5 This authorisation is granted free of charge commencing from the date of first use of the Participant’s image for a five (5) years term.
12.1.6 It is understood that communication materials reproducing Participants’ image may be difficult to remove from Promoter’s social media channels and sharing websites (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.), and Participants agree that such communication materials may remain on social media channels and sharing websites as they were originally posted provided that after the aforementioned 5 years term, the Promoter shall not repost or authorise others to repost such materials.
12.1.7 The term “image” is understood as referring to the full set of attributes of the Participant’s personality, including but not limited to his/her image, voice, family name and forenames, signature, capacities stemming from his/her professional activities and his/her professional designation(s).
12.1.8 You hereby expressly declare that you hold any and all rights and all necessary authorisations required for the quiet enjoyment by the Promoter of the rights assigned hereby.
The winner’s social media channel/name can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Thames Water Utilities Ltd, Marketing Team, Hampton Court Flower Show, Clearwater Court, Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8DB, within five of days after the date of the closing date of the prize draw.
Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.
Insofar as is permitted by law, the Promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
18. The prize draw will be governed by English law and Participants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction
of the English courts.
The Promoter of this prize draw is THAMES WATER UTILITIES LTD of Clearwater Court, Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8DB.
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First off, welcome to the community! I'm glad you like this set up, it's definitely growing. Our staff do participate on here, this is a place to learn about all things related to Thames Water, share tips and engage with customers like yourself too!
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Thanks for your patience!
Airvents installed “back in the day” were meant to vent the sewer. Even today they still play an important part in keeping the sewer pipes healthy as they allow the safe release of gases that otherwise would build up and up, and combine to form harmful gases that can attack and destroy the pipes.
In terms of ownership, it comes down to where the pipe in. If the pipe falls within the private section of the sewer, you would be responsible. However, should it fall on the public part, then Thames Water would be responsible for maintaining (and removing).
All sewers before 1937 are public sewers is they were already in place, laid by a sewerage undertaker or adopted by a sewerage undertaker.
In 2011, the law changed again to transfer ownership of shared lines into public ownership.
To determine whether your vent falls within the public or private spectrum, as ownership can sometimes be complicated. Please give our team a call 0800 316 9800.
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