A Complete Guide to Utilities in Brown Edge
If you've moved and have questions about Brown Edge? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Brown Edge is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Brown Edge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Brown Edge.
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About Brown Edge, Staffordshire
Brown Edge ST6 has a population of 2,486 and is located in the county of Staffordshire. Staffordshire has a population of 874,190 people.
Who supplies my water in Brown Edge?
How to reach your water provider in Brown Edge
Speaking to an advisor at Severn Trent is just one method of contact to talk about your Brown Edge water issues.
Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.
|Severn Trent contact number||Severn Trent Emergency contact number|
|0345 750 0500||0800 783 4444|
|Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Write to Severn Trent
You can also write to Severn Trent, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Severn Trent website.
If you prefer to write a letter to Severn Trent can do so by writing to the Severn Trent address below:
|Severn Trent Address|
|PO Box 407
If you would like to email Severn Trent, you must use the following email address:
|Severn Trent Email Address|
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Water rates in Brown Edge
Water rates in Brown Edge are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Brown Edge water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Brown Edge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Brown Edge
Customers with a water meter at their Brown Edge 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 Severn Trent. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Brown Edge home.
Unmetered Customers in Brown Edge
Customers who don't have a meter at their Brown Edge home have 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 Brown Edge home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Brown Edge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Brown Edge 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Brown Edge may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.
How much is the average water bill in Brown Edge?
The average water bill Brown Edge residents are charged is £16.58 per month, which is £199 per year.
How do I pay my Brown Edge water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Severn Trent. After you've registered with Severn Trent, 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 Brown Edge bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Severn Trent 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 Brown Edge?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brown Edge ST6, your water supplier is Severn Trent.
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.
Brown Edge Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Brown Edge have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brown Edge
Is tap water in Brown Edge safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Brown Edge. You can rest assured that Brown Edge water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Brown Edge 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 Brown Edge water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Brown Edge come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Brown Edge:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Brown Edge
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 Brown Edge is over 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Brown Edge is rated as very hard water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Brown Edge contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.
We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Brown Edge.
- 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.
Brown Edge No Water
If you have no water in your Brown Edge home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Brown Edge.
If there is no water at your Brown Edge 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 Brown Edge.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent for assistance. You can also try the following:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Severn Trent website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for Severn Trent, they will often tweet 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.
Brown Edge water leak or flooding
Brown Edge water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Brown Edge home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Brown Edge property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Ring Severn Trent whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Severn Trent website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Brown Edge taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Brown Edge water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Brown Edge water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Brown Edge water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Severn Trent on the contact details above.
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Broadband in Brown Edge ST6
The broadband speed you get at your Brown Edge home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Placement of your router
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Your internet service provider or ISP
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Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Brown Edge Average Download Speed||Brown Edge Average Upload Speed|
|87.15 Mbps||21.23 Mbps|
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Brown Edge. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.
Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Brown Edge?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Brown Edge.
The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Brown Edge is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Brown Edge should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.
Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Brown Edge?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Brown Edge
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 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 connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Brown Edge homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Brown Edge.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
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Brown Edge broadband cost
You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Brown Edge. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Brown Edge. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Brown Edge Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Brown Edge should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.
The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Brown Edge home is going to be important.
Brown Edge broadband customer support
Our final tip, the customer support of your Brown Edge internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Brown Edge.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Brown Edge ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
Is the internet fast in Brown Edge?
The average broadband speed in Brown Edge is:
|Brown Edge Average Download Speed||Brown Edge Average Upload Speed|
|87.15 Mbps||21.23 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 - 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Brown Edge, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Brown Edge house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
What speed internet is best for me?
It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick when getting connected in Brown Edge.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||Up to 2 devices|
|Up to 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|3-5 devices||AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|Over 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
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What's the telephone dialling code of Brown Edge
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Brown Edge is 01806. When making a call to someone in Brown Edge, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01806 Brown Edge call cost?
If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included with 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 inclusive calls, you should ask 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Brown Edge
Residents of Brown Edge are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Brown Edge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Brown Edge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Brown Edge right here.
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 Brown Edge
The electricity distribution network operator for Brown Edge is Western Power Distribution - Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - Midlands contact details in the table below:
|Western Power Distribution - Midlands Contact Information|
|General Enquiries||0800 096 3080|
|Emergencies||0800 6783 105|
|Address||Toll End Road
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There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Power Generation near Brown Edge
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Brown Edge.
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In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Brown Edge
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Brown Edge, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Brown Edge.