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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blyth

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

About Blyth, Northumberland

Blyth NE24 has a population of 37,339 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Blyth?

Blyth water services are provided by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Blyth

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Blyth water account.

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

Northumbrian Water telephone number Northumbrian Water Emergency telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Northumbrian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 can use the email address below:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Water rates in Blyth

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

Metered Customers in Blyth

Customers with a water meter at their Blyth property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Blyth home.

Unmetered Customers in Blyth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Blyth home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Blyth home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Blyth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Blyth 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Blyth could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Blyth?

The average water bill Blyth residents are billed is £14.83 each month, that's £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Blyth water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account with Northumbrian Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Blyth bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Blyth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blyth NE24, 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.

Blyth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blyth

Is the tap water in Blyth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blyth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blyth:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Blyth

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 rating for water hardness in Blyth is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Blyth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Blyth contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Blyth.

Blyth No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Blyth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Blyth.

If there is no water at your Blyth home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Blyth.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Blyth water leak or flooding

Blyth water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Blyth 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 Blyth property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Northumbrian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Blyth taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Blyth 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 affect it by infusing your Blyth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Blyth water.

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

Broadband in Blyth NE24

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Blyth home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Blyth with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Blyth Average Download Speed Blyth Average Upload Speed
52.00 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Blyth. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out 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 available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Blyth?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Blyth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Blyth is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Blyth should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Blyth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Blyth
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Blyth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Blyth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Blyth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Blyth broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Blyth. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Blyth. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Blyth Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Blyth must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Blyth home is something to think about.

Blyth broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Blyth internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Blyth.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Blyth?

The average broadband speed in Blyth is:

Blyth Average Download Speed Blyth Average Upload Speed
52.00 Mbps 13.05 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 a green box on your street in Blyth, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Blyth property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Blyth.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Blyth

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Blyth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blyth, 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 Blyth call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small 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 you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different 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 Blyth

People living in Blyth can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 supplies your Blyth home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Blyth distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blyth below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Blyth

The electricity distribution network operator for Blyth 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

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 Blyth

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Blyth

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Blyth, we've found the five closest municipalities to Blyth.

Closest five municipalities to Blyth
Municipality Distance from Blyth
West Allotment 4 miles
Holystone 4 miles
Backworth 4 miles
Shiremoor 4 miles
Murton Village 4 miles