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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Barnardiston

If you've moved and have questions about Barnardiston? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Barnardiston will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Barnardiston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Barnardiston.

About Barnardiston, Essex

Barnardiston CB9 is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Barnardiston?

Barnardiston water services are provided by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Barnardiston

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Barnardiston water problems.

Anglian Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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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Cambridge Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Cambridge Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Cambridge Water telephone number Cambridge Water Emergency telephone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

Customer that want to post 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 must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cambridge Water

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

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG

Cost of water in Barnardiston

Water bill in Barnardiston

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

Metered Customers in Barnardiston

Customers that have a water meter at their Barnardiston 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 Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Barnardiston home.

Unmetered Customers in Barnardiston

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Barnardiston is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barnardiston 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Barnardiston may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Barnardiston?

The average water bill Barnardiston residents are billed varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Annual Water Bill
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148
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How do I pay my Barnardiston water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Cambridge 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 Barnardiston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water or Cambridge Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Barnardiston?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barnardiston CB9, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge 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.

Barnardiston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barnardiston

Is water from the tap in Barnardiston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barnardiston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barnardiston:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Barnardiston

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 Barnardiston is higher than 201ppm, this means the water in Barnardiston is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Barnardiston contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Barnardiston.

  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.

Barnardiston No Water

If you have no water in your Barnardiston home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Barnardiston.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Cambridge 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 Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water or Cambridge 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Barnardiston water leak or flooding

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

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

Why does the water in Barnardiston taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Barnardiston water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Barnardiston 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 Barnardiston water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Barnardiston CB9

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The speed of your internet connection at your Barnardiston home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Barnardiston Average Download Speed Barnardiston Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Barnardiston. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Barnardiston?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Barnardiston.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Barnardiston is the availability. Whilst many homes in Barnardiston 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 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 Barnardiston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Barnardiston
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Barnardiston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Barnardiston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Barnardiston.
    • 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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Barnardiston broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Barnardiston. 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 terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Barnardiston. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Barnardiston Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Barnardiston must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Barnardiston home will be an important thing to consider.

Barnardiston broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Barnardiston broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Barnardiston.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Barnardiston?

The average internet speed in Barnardiston is:

Barnardiston Average Download Speed Barnardiston Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Barnardiston, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Barnardiston house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Barnardiston.

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
3-5 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Barnardiston

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

How much does an 01806 Barnardiston call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Barnardiston

People living in Barnardiston 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 regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Barnardiston home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Barnardiston distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Barnardiston right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Barnardiston

The electricity distribution network operator for Barnardiston 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

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 Barnardiston

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Barnardiston

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Barnardiston, we've found the closest five municipalities to Barnardiston.

Closest five municipalities to Barnardiston
Municipality Distance from Barnardiston
Sturmer 0.01 miles
Steeple Bumpstead 0.01 miles
Little Wratting 0.01 miles
Little Thurlow 0.01 miles
Little Bradley 0.01 miles