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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barbican

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

About Barbican, City of London

Barbican EC2Y has a population of 4,000 and is located in the county of City of London. City of London has a population of 8,000 people.

Who supplies my water in Barbican?

Barbican water services are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Barbican

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your Barbican water account.

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

Thames Water telephone number Thames Water Emergency telephone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

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

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

If you would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Water rates in Barbican

Water bill in Barbican

Water rates in Barbican depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Barbican water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Barbican water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Barbican

Customers that have a water meter at their Barbican 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 Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Barbican home.

Unmetered Customers in Barbican

Customers who don't have a meter at their Barbican home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Barbican home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Barbican will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barbican water rates would have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Barbican 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 Barbican?

The average water bill Barbican residents are charged is £19.33 monthly, which works out at £232 annually.

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How do I pay my Barbican water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. After you register your details with Thames 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 Barbican bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames 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 Barbican?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barbican EC2Y, your water supplier is Thames 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.

Barbican Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barbican

Is the tap water in Barbican safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barbican come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barbican:

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

Is the water hard in Barbican

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 Barbican is higher than 276ppm, this means the water in Barbican is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Barbican contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Barbican.

  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.

Barbican No Water

If you have no water in your Barbican home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Barbican.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Barbican water leak or flooding

Barbican water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Barbican 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 Barbican property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Barbican taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Barbican water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Barbican water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Barbican water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Barbican EC2Y

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The speed of your internet connection at your Barbican home is dependant upon 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
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Barbican with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Barbican Average Download Speed Barbican Average Upload Speed
109.90 Mbps 58.90 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Barbican. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Barbican?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Barbican.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Barbican is the availability. Whilst many homes in Barbican should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Barbican?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Barbican
    • Fibre broadband is split 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 broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Barbican homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barbican.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Barbican.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Barbican broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Barbican. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Barbican. 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 will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Barbican Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Barbican should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Barbican home is something to think about.

Barbican broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Barbican broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Barbican.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Barbican have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Barbican?

The average speed of broadband in Barbican is:

Barbican Average Download Speed Barbican Average Upload Speed
109.90 Mbps 58.90 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 a green box on your street in Barbican, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Barbican home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Barbican.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Barbican

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Barbican is 020. If you're calling somebody in Barbican, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 020 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 020 Barbican call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Barbican

People living in Barbican can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Barbican distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Barbican right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Barbican

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

UK Power Networks - London 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Barbican

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently 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 hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Barbican

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Barbican, we've found the closest five municipalities to Barbican.

Closest five municipalities to Barbican
Municipality Distance from Barbican
St Luke's 0.1 miles
Farringdon 0.31 miles
Clerkenwell 0.31 miles
Liverpool Street 0.37 miles
Broadgate 0.37 miles