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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Belstead

Are you moving and want to know more about Belstead? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Belstead will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Belstead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Belstead.

About Belstead, Suffolk

Belstead IP2 has a population of 202 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Belstead?

Belstead water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Belstead

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Belstead water account.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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, you have the choice of posting 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 want to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Belstead

Water bill in Belstead

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

Metered Customers in Belstead

Customers that have a water meter at their Belstead house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Belstead home.

Unmetered Customers in Belstead

Customers without a meter at their Belstead home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Belstead home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Belstead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Belstead 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Belstead may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Belstead?

The average water bill Belstead residents are charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Belstead water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Belstead bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Belstead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Belstead IP2, 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.

Belstead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Belstead

Is water from the tap in Belstead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Belstead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Belstead:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Belstead

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 Belstead is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Belstead is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Belstead 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Belstead.

  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.

Belstead No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Belstead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Belstead.

If there is no water at your Belstead home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Belstead.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of 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. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Belstead water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your 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 Belstead taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Belstead water this may be due to 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 impermeate the Belstead water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Belstead water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Belstead IP2

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Belstead home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Belstead Average Download Speed Belstead Average Upload Speed
68.65 Mbps 14.55 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Belstead. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Belstead.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Belstead is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Belstead can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Belstead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Belstead
    • 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 broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Belstead homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Belstead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Belstead.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Belstead broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Belstead. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Belstead. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Belstead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Belstead also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Belstead home is something to think about.

Belstead broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Belstead broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Belstead.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Belstead?

The average internet speed in Belstead is:

Belstead Average Download Speed Belstead Average Upload Speed
68.65 Mbps 14.55 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Belstead, from which it is connected to your property 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 Belstead property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Belstead.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Belstead

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Belstead is 01806. When making a call to someone in Belstead, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Belstead call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 Belstead

Residents in Belstead are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local 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 Belstead home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Belstead

The electricity distribution network operator for Belstead 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Belstead

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Belstead

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Belstead, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Belstead.

Closest five municipalities to Belstead
Municipality Distance from Belstead
Wherstead -
Copdock 0.82 miles
Akenham 1.95 miles
Ipswich 1.95 miles