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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bamburgh

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

About Bamburgh, Northumberland

Bamburgh NE69 has a population of 279 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Bamburgh?

Bamburgh water utilities are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bamburgh

Speaking to an advisor at Northumbrian Water is one of many options to discuss your Bamburgh water account.

In the table below you will find the contact 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

You can also write to Northumbrian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Cost of water in Bamburgh

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

Metered Customers in Bamburgh

Customers that have a water meter at their Bamburgh 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 cover the consumption at your Bamburgh home.

Unmetered Customers in Bamburgh

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bamburgh home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bamburgh home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bamburgh is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bamburgh water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Bamburgh may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bamburgh?

The average water bill Bamburgh residents are being charged is £14.83 per month, which is £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Bamburgh water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account with Northumbrian Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Bamburgh bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Bamburgh?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bamburgh NE69, 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.

Bamburgh Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Bamburgh have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bamburgh

Is water from the tap in Bamburgh safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bamburgh come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bamburgh:

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

How hard is the water in Bamburgh

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bamburgh contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Bamburgh No Water

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

If there is no water at your Bamburgh home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Bamburgh.

If you don't have any 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 the reason your home has 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bamburgh water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Northumbrian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Northumbrian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bamburgh taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bamburgh 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 affect it by infusing your Bamburgh water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bamburgh 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.

Internet in Bamburgh NE69

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Bamburgh home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bamburgh 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?

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

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Bamburgh.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Bamburgh is the availability. Most homes in Bamburgh should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bamburgh?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bamburgh
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bamburgh homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Bamburgh.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bamburgh.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bamburgh broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Bamburgh. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Bamburgh. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bamburgh Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bamburgh also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bamburgh home is something to think about.

Bamburgh broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Bamburgh internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bamburgh.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bamburgh have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bamburgh?

The average internet speed in Bamburgh is:

Bamburgh Average Download Speed Bamburgh 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 Bamburgh, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bamburgh home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Bamburgh.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Bamburgh

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bamburgh is 01668. If you're calling somebody in Bamburgh, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01668 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01668 Bamburgh call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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.

Electricity and Gas in Bamburgh

People living in Bamburgh are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bamburgh distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bamburgh right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bamburgh

The electricity distribution network operator for Bamburgh 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 Bamburgh

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated 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 amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bamburgh

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Bamburgh, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Bamburgh.

Closest five municipalities to Bamburgh
Municipality Distance from Bamburgh
Seahouses 2.85 miles
Benthall 4.53 miles
Belford 5.91 miles
Embleton 10.33 miles
Alnwick 10.33 miles