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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Aldringham

If you just moved and have some questions about Aldringham? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Aldringham is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Aldringham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Aldringham.

About Aldringham, Suffolk

Aldringham IP16 has a population of 759 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Aldringham?

Aldringham water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Aldringham

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many options to talk about your Aldringham water issues.

Anglian Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact number
0345 791 9155 0345 714 5145
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm,Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm,Bank holidays 10am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

If you want to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you can use the email address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Water rates in Aldringham

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Water rates in Aldringham are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Aldringham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Aldringham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Aldringham

Customers with a water meter at their Aldringham property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Aldringham home.

Unmetered Customers in Aldringham

Customers without a meter at their Aldringham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Aldringham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Aldringham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Aldringham water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Aldringham could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Aldringham?

The average water bill Aldringham residents are billed varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Aldringham water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Aldringham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Aldringham?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Aldringham IP16, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk 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.

Aldringham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Aldringham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Aldringham

Is the tap water in Aldringham safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Aldringham. You can rest assured that Aldringham water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Aldringham water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Aldringham water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Aldringham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Aldringham:

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

How hard is the water in Aldringham

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 water hardness in Aldringham is over 201ppm, this means the water in Aldringham is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Aldringham contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Aldringham No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Aldringham home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Aldringham.

If there is no water at your Aldringham home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Aldringham.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Aldringham water leak or flooding

Aldringham water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Aldringham home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Aldringham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Aldringham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Aldringham water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Aldringham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Aldringham water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Aldringham IP16

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The broadband speed you get at your Aldringham home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Aldringham 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?

Aldringham Average Download Speed Aldringham Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Aldringham. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Aldringham?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Aldringham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Aldringham is the issue of availability. Most homes in Aldringham should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Aldringham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Aldringham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Aldringham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Aldringham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Aldringham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Aldringham broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Aldringham. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Aldringham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Aldringham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Aldringham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Aldringham home is going to be important.

Aldringham broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Aldringham broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Aldringham.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Aldringham ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Aldringham?

The average internet speed in Aldringham is:

Aldringham Average Download Speed Aldringham Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Aldringham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Aldringham property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Aldringham.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Aldringham

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Aldringham is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Aldringham, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Aldringham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Aldringham

People living in Aldringham can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Aldringham home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Aldringham distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Aldringham below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Aldringham

The electricity distribution network operator for Aldringham is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

There are six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Aldringham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Aldringham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Aldringham, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Aldringham.

Closest five municipalities to Aldringham
Municipality Distance from Aldringham
Leiston -
Eastbridge -
Theberton -
Aldeburgh 1.57 miles
Saxmundham 8.2 miles