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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barham

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

About Barham, Suffolk

Barham IP6 has a population of 1,114 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Barham?

Barham water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Barham

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water is one of many options to talk about your Barham water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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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Write to Anglian Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water website.

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

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Water rates in Barham

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

Metered Customers in Barham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Barham 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Barham home.

Unmetered Customers in Barham

Customers without a meter at their Barham 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 Barham home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Barham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Barham 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Barham 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 Barham?

The average water bill Barham residents are charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Barham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details with Anglian 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Barham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Barham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barham IP6, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Barham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barham

Is the tap water in Barham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barham:

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

How hard is the water in Barham

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 Barham is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Barham is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Barham contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Barham.

  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.

Barham No Water

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

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian 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.

Barham water leak or flooding

Barham water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Barham home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

  1. Contact Anglian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Barham taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Barham 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 infuse the Barham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Barham water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Barham IP6

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The speed of your internet connection at your Barham home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Barham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Barham Average Download Speed Barham Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Barham. 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 homes in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Barham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Barham is the issue of availability. Most homes in Barham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes 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 Barham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Barham
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Barham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Barham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Barham broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Barham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Barham. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Barham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Barham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Barham home is going to be important.

Barham broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Barham broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Barham.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Barham have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Barham?

The average internet speed in Barham is:

Barham Average Download Speed Barham Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Barham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Barham house. 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 what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Barham.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
5 devices or more 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Barham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Barham is 01473. If you call someone in Barham, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01473 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01473 Barham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Barham

People living in Barham 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 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 connects your Barham home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Barham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Barham right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Barham

The electricity distribution network operator for Barham 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

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 Barham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Barham

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Barham, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Barham.

Closest five municipalities to Barham
Municipality Distance from Barham
Witnesham -
Claydon -
Henley -
Needham Market -
Little Bealings 3.22 miles