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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bellingham

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

About Bellingham, Northumberland

Bellingham NE48 has a population of 1,070 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Bellingham?

Bellingham water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Bellingham

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is one of many options to deal with your Bellingham water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, 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

If you want to email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Water rates in Bellingham

Water bill in Bellingham

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

Metered Customers in Bellingham

Customers with a water meter at their Bellingham home will pay a fixed annual 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 Bellingham home.

Unmetered Customers in Bellingham

Customers without a meter at their Bellingham home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bellingham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bellingham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bellingham water prices were 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? 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 Bellingham could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bellingham?

The average water bill Bellingham residents are charged is £14.83 monthly, which works out at £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Bellingham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Bellingham bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Bellingham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bellingham NE48, 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.

Bellingham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bellingham

Is tap water in Bellingham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bellingham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bellingham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bellingham

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bellingham contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Bellingham No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Bellingham home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bellingham.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Northumbrian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bellingham water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Bellingham property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  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, go to the "report a leak" section of the Northumbrian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Bellingham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bellingham 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 Bellingham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bellingham water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Northumbrian Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Bellingham NE48

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Bellingham home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Bellingham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bellingham Average Download Speed Bellingham Average Upload Speed
44.75 Mbps 11.10 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Bellingham. 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 internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bellingham.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bellingham is the availability. Most homes in Bellingham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bellingham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bellingham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Bellingham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bellingham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bellingham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bellingham broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bellingham. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially 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 sign up to a internet connection in Bellingham. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Bellingham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bellingham should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bellingham home is going to be important.

Bellingham broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Bellingham internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bellingham.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bellingham ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bellingham?

The average broadband speed in Bellingham is:

Bellingham Average Download Speed Bellingham Average Upload Speed
44.75 Mbps 11.10 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bellingham, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bellingham home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Bellingham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download 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 the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Bellingham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bellingham is 01434. When making a call to someone in Bellingham, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01434 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01434 Bellingham call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of 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 calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Bellingham

Residents of Bellingham can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Bellingham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bellingham below.

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 Bellingham

The electricity distribution network operator for Bellingham 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 Bellingham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bellingham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Bellingham, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Bellingham.

Closest five municipalities to Bellingham
Municipality Distance from Bellingham
Kielder -
Haydon Bridge 14.59 miles
Allendale Town 14.59 miles
Allenheads 14.59 miles
Bardon Mill 14.59 miles