Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Birchwood
Are you moving and want to know more about Birchwood? Our complete guide to utilities in Birchwood is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Birchwood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Birchwood.
About Birchwood, Lincolnshire
Birchwood LN6 has a population of 8,520 and is located in the county of Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire has a population of 756,920 people.
Who supplies my water in Birchwood?
How to reach your water provider in Birchwood
Calling a phone number for Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Birchwood water issues.
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|
Moving to Birchwood?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Write to Anglian Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, by composing 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
Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:
|Anglian Water Email Address|
Cost of water in Birchwood
Water rates in Birchwood are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Birchwood water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Birchwood water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Birchwood
Customers with a water meter at their Birchwood property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Birchwood home.
Unmetered Customers in Birchwood
Customers who don't have a meter at their Birchwood home will pay 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 Birchwood home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Birchwood will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Birchwood water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.
Should I get a water meter installed?
That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Birchwood might work out cheaper.
Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Birchwood?
The average water bill Birchwood residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.
Expensive Birchwood water bills?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.
How do I pay my Birchwood water bill?
You will first need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details 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
You may be able to choose how often you pay your Birchwood bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Birchwood?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Birchwood LN6, 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.
Birchwood Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Birchwood have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Birchwood
Is the tap water in Birchwood safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Birchwood. You can rest assured that Birchwood water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Birchwood 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 Birchwood water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Birchwood come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Birchwood:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Birchwood
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 Birchwood is fewer than 200ppm, this means the water in Birchwood is rated as medium water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Birchwood over. medium 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.
Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Birchwood.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Birchwood No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Birchwood home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Birchwood.
If there is no water at your Birchwood 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 Birchwood.
If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:
- Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Birchwood water leak or flooding
Birchwood water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Birchwood home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Birchwood property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Call Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Birchwood taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Birchwood water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Birchwood water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Birchwood water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water via the contact channels listed above.
Broadband Speed in Birchwood LN6
The speed of your internet connection at your Birchwood home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Location of the router in your home
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Birchwood with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Birchwood Average Download Speed||Birchwood Average Upload Speed|
|85.73 Mbps||15.73 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Birchwood?
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Birchwood. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.
Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Birchwood?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Birchwood.
The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Birchwood is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Birchwood can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.
However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Birchwood?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Birchwood
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Birchwood homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Birchwood.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Birchwood?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Birchwood broadband cost
You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Birchwood. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Birchwood. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Birchwood Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Birchwood must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.
Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Birchwood home is going to be important.
Birchwood broadband technical support
Our final tip, the technical support for your Birchwood broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Birchwood.
In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Birchwood ask about their broadband.
Broadband Internet FAQs
What's the average broadband speed in Birchwood?
The average internet speed in Birchwood is:
|Birchwood Average Download Speed||Birchwood Average Upload Speed|
|85.73 Mbps||15.73 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Birchwood, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Birchwood home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
What broadband speed do I need?
That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Birchwood.
|Frequent internet uses||Recommended Broadband Speed||Up to 2 devices|
|Up to 2 devices||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|
|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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 Birchwood
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Birchwood is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Birchwood, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01806 Birchwood call cost?
If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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.
Gas and Electricity in Birchwood
People living in Birchwood are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional 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 connects your Birchwood home to the gas network and electricity grid.
More often than not you won't need to contact the Birchwood distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Birchwood 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 for Birchwood
The electricity distribution network operator for Birchwood is Western Power Distribution - East Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - East Midlands contact details in the table below:
|Western Power Distribution - East Midlands Contact Information|
|General Enquiries||0800 096 3080|
|Emergencies||0800 678 3105|
|Address||Toll End Road
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Birchwood?
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Power Generation near Birchwood
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Birchwood.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.
Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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 currently being built.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Birchwood
You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Birchwood, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Birchwood.