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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Amble

If you just moved and have some questions about Amble? Our utilities guide to Amble will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Amble water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Amble.

About Amble, Northumberland

Amble NE65 has a population of 6,025 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Amble?

Amble water utilities are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Amble

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is one of many options to deal with your Amble water account.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water contact number Northumbrian Water Emergency contact 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.

If you prefer to write 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

Price of water in Amble

Water bill in Amble

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

Metered Customers in Amble

Customers that have a water meter at their Amble home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Amble home.

Unmetered Customers in Amble

Customers who don't have a meter at their Amble home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Amble home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Amble will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Amble water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 Amble could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Amble?

The average water bill Amble residents are charged is £14.83 per month, which is £178 per year.

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How do I pay my Amble water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered with Northumbrian Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Amble bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Northumbrian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Amble?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Amble NE65, 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.

Amble Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Amble

Is tap water in Amble safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Amble come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Amble:

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

Is the water hard in Amble

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 Amble is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Amble is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Amble contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Amble.

Amble No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Amble home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Amble.

If there is no water at your Amble home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Amble.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Northumbrian 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Amble water leak or flooding

Amble water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Amble 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 Amble property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Northumbrian 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 Northumbrian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Amble taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Amble 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 infuse the Amble water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Amble water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Northumbrian Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Amble NE65

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The broadband speed you get at your Amble home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 Amble with our fast and simple speed test.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Amble Average Download Speed Amble Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Amble. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Amble?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Amble.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Amble is the issue of availability. Most homes in Amble should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Amble?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Amble
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Available to the majority of Amble homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Amble.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Amble.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Amble broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Amble. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Amble. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Amble Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Amble also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Amble home is something to think about.

Amble broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Amble broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Amble.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Amble?

The average speed of broadband in Amble is:

Amble Average Download Speed Amble Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps

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

To put it 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Amble, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Amble property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Amble.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
More than 5 devices All the above plus 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Amble

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Amble is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Amble, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Amble call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included in that 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 unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Amble

Residents of Amble are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Amble home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Amble distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Amble below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Amble

The electricity distribution network operator for Amble 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 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 Amble

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Amble

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Amble, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Amble.

Closest five municipalities to Amble
Municipality Distance from Amble
Longhorsley 0.01 miles
Felton 0.01 miles
Embleton 9.7 miles
Alnwick 9.7 miles
Alnmouth 9.7 miles