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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bembridge

Are you moving and want to know more about Bembridge? Our utilities guide to Bembridge is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bembridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bembridge.

About Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Bembridge PO35 has a population of 3,688 and is located in the county of Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight has a population of 141,606 people.

Who supplies my water in Bembridge?

Bembridge water services are provided by Southern Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Southern Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bembridge

Speaking to an advisor at Southern Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Bembridge water issues.

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

Southern Water phone number Southern Water Emergency phone number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Southern Water

You can also get in touch with Southern Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Southern Water website.

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

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

If you want to email Southern Water, you can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Price of water in Bembridge

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

Metered Customers in Bembridge

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

Unmetered Customers in Bembridge

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bembridge home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bembridge home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bembridge will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bembridge 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Bembridge might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bembridge?

The average water bill Bembridge residents are charged is £14.25 monthly, which works out at £171 annually.

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How do I pay my Bembridge water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Southern Water. Once you've registered an account with Southern 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 Bembridge 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 Southern Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bembridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bembridge PO35, your water supplier is Southern 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.

Bembridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bembridge

Is tap water in Bembridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bembridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bembridge:

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

Is the water hard in Bembridge

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 in Bembridge is higher than 276ppm, this means the water in Bembridge is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bembridge contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very 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.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Bembridge.

  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.

Bembridge No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Bembridge 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 Bembridge.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Southern Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Southern Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bembridge water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Southern Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Southern Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Bembridge taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Bembridge PO35

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Bembridge 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
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bembridge 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?

Bembridge Average Download Speed Bembridge Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Bembridge. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bembridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Bembridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Bembridge is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bembridge should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bembridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bembridge
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Bembridge homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bembridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bembridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Bembridge broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Bembridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Bembridge. 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.

Bembridge Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bembridge must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bembridge home is going to be important.

Bembridge broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Bembridge broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bembridge.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bembridge have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Bembridge?

The average internet speed in Bembridge is:

Bembridge Average Download Speed Bembridge Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 a green box on your street in Bembridge, it's then connected to your house 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 Bembridge house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Bembridge.

Usual Internet habits 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
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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Bembridge

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bembridge is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bembridge, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bembridge call cost?

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

If you are uncertain 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 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.

Electricity and Gas in Bembridge

Residents of Bembridge are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local 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 supplies your Bembridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Bembridge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Bembridge in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bembridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Bembridge is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England. You can find the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England contact details in the table below:

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 048 3516
Emergencies 0800 072 7282
Email GE@ssen.co.uk
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

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 Bembridge

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

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 other kinds of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Bembridge

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

Closest five municipalities to Bembridge
Municipality Distance from Bembridge
Sandown 2.36 miles
Seaview 2.51 miles
Ryde 4.66 miles
Shanklin 5.85 miles