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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Allendale Town

Are you moving and want to know more about Allendale Town? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Allendale Town is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Allendale Town water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Allendale Town.

About Allendale Town, Northumberland

Allendale Town NE47 has a population of 709 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Allendale Town?

Allendale Town water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Allendale Town

Calling a phone number for Northumbrian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Allendale Town water issues.

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water telephone number Northumbrian Water Emergency telephone number
0345 733 5566 0345 717 1100
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Northumbrian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Northumbrian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Northumbrian Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Northumbrian Water can do so by writing to the Northumbrian Water address below:

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

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you can use the email address below:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Water rates in Allendale Town

Water bill in Allendale Town

Water rates in Allendale Town will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Allendale Town water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Allendale Town water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Allendale Town

Customers that have a water meter at their Allendale Town property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Allendale Town home.

Unmetered Customers in Allendale Town

Customers who don't have a meter at their Allendale Town home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Allendale Town home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Allendale Town is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Allendale Town water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Allendale Town might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Allendale Town?

The average water bill Allendale Town residents are billed is £14.83 monthly, which works out at £178 per year.

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How do I pay my Allendale Town water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered with Northumbrian 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Allendale Town bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Northumbrian Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Allendale Town?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Allendale Town NE47, your water supplier is Northumbrian 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.

Allendale Town Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Allendale Town

Is tap water in Allendale Town safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Allendale Town. You can rest assured that Allendale Town water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Allendale Town 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 Allendale Town water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Allendale Town come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Allendale Town:

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

How hard is the water in Allendale Town

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 rating for water hardness in Allendale Town is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Allendale Town is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Allendale Town contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Allendale Town.

Allendale Town No Water

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

If there is no water at your Allendale Town home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Allendale Town.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Northumbrian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Allendale Town water leak or flooding

Allendale Town water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Allendale Town home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Allendale Town property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Allendale Town taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Allendale Town water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Allendale Town water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Allendale Town water.

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

Internet in Allendale Town NE47

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Allendale Town 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?

Allendale Town Average Download Speed Allendale Town Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Allendale Town. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Allendale Town?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Allendale Town.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Allendale Town is what's available. Whilst many homes in Allendale Town can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Allendale Town?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Allendale Town
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Allendale Town homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Allendale Town.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Allendale Town.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Allendale Town broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Allendale Town. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Allendale Town. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Allendale Town Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Allendale Town should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Allendale Town home is going to be important.

Allendale Town broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Allendale Town broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Allendale Town.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Allendale Town have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Allendale Town?

The average broadband speed in Allendale Town is:

Allendale Town Average Download Speed Allendale Town Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Allendale Town, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Allendale Town house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Allendale Town.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 talk to your connected 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 landline area code in Allendale Town

Corded telephone area code Allendale Town

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Allendale Town is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Allendale Town, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Allendale Town call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Allendale Town

People living in Allendale Town are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Allendale Town home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Allendale Town distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Allendale Town in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Allendale Town

The electricity distribution network operator for Allendale Town is Northern Powergrid - North East. You can find the Northern Powergrid - North East contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - North East Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 668 877
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Allendale Town

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

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 generated from fossil fuels varies 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 begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Allendale Town

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Allendale Town, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Allendale Town.

Closest five municipalities to Allendale Town
Municipality Distance from Allendale Town
Allenheads -
Bardon Mill -
Melkridge 6.22 miles
Haltwhistle 6.22 miles
Acomb 10.2 miles