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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Belford

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

About Belford, Northumberland

Belford NE70 has a population of 1,258 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Belford?

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

How to reach your water provider in Belford

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Belford water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water phone number Northumbrian Water Emergency phone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Price of water in Belford

Water bill in Belford

Water rates in Belford will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Belford water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Belford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Belford

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Belford house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Belford home.

Unmetered Customers in Belford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Belford home have 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 Belford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Belford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Belford water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Belford may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Belford?

The average water bill Belford residents are being charged is £14.83 each month, that's £178 per year.

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How do I pay my Belford water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Belford bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Northumbrian 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 Belford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Belford NE70, 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.

Belford Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Belford have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Belford

Is water from the tap in Belford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Belford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Belford:

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

Is the water hard in Belford

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 Belford is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Belford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Belford contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Belford.

Belford No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Belford home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Belford.

If there is no water at your Belford home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Belford.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Northumbrian Water, they will often tweet 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.

Belford water leak or flooding

Belford water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Belford home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Belford property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

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

Why does the water in Belford taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Belford water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Belford water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Northumbrian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Belford NE70

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Belford Average Download Speed Belford 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 Belford. 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 households in the UK.

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

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Belford?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Belford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Belford is what's available. Most homes in Belford should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Belford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Belford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed 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.
    • Available to the majority of Belford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Belford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Belford.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Belford broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Belford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Belford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Belford Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Belford also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

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

Belford broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Belford internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Belford.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Belford have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Belford?

The average broadband speed in Belford is:

Belford Average Download Speed Belford Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Belford, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Belford home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Belford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Belford

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Belford is 01806. When making a call to someone in Belford, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Belford call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Belford

Residents in Belford can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Belford home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Belford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Belford right here.

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 Belford

The electricity distribution network operator for Belford 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

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 Belford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Belford

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

Closest five municipalities to Belford
Municipality Distance from Belford
Wooler 7.94 miles
North Sunderland 8.32 miles
Seahouses 8.32 miles
Benthall 8.43 miles
Berwick-upon-Tweed 10.84 miles