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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Corbridge

If you just moved and have some questions about Corbridge? Our utilities guide to Corbridge will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Corbridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Corbridge.

About Corbridge, Northumberland

Corbridge NE45 has a population of 2,946 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Corbridge?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Corbridge

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

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

Northumbrian Water phone number Northumbrian Water Emergency phone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Price of water in Corbridge

Water bill in Corbridge

Water rates in Corbridge will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Corbridge water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Corbridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Corbridge

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Corbridge 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 Corbridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Corbridge

Customers without a meter at their Corbridge home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Corbridge home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Corbridge will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Corbridge water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Corbridge may save you money.

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 Corbridge?

The average water bill Corbridge residents are being charged is £14.83 each month, that's £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Corbridge water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. After you register your details with Northumbrian 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 Corbridge 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 Northumbrian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Corbridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Corbridge NE45, 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.

Corbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Corbridge

Is water from the tap in Corbridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Corbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Corbridge:

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

How hard is the water in Corbridge

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 Corbridge is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Corbridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Corbridge contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Corbridge.

Corbridge No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Corbridge home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Corbridge.

If there is no water at your Corbridge home, do you only have 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 Corbridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for help. 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. Check the Twitter account of Northumbrian 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Corbridge water leak or flooding

Corbridge water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Corbridge home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Corbridge property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Northumbrian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Northumbrian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Corbridge taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Corbridge water this could be because of 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 Corbridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Corbridge water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Northumbrian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Corbridge NE45

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The speed of your internet connection at your Corbridge 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 broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Corbridge with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Corbridge Average Download Speed Corbridge Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Corbridge. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Corbridge.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Corbridge is what's available. Most homes in Corbridge should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Corbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Corbridge
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Corbridge homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Corbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Corbridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Corbridge broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Corbridge. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer 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 connection in Corbridge. 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.

Corbridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Corbridge must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Corbridge home is something to think about.

Corbridge broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Corbridge internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Corbridge.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Corbridge have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Corbridge?

The average broadband speed in Corbridge is:

Corbridge Average Download Speed Corbridge Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Corbridge, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Corbridge home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Corbridge.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Corbridge

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Corbridge is 01806. If you call someone in Corbridge, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Corbridge call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Corbridge

People living in Corbridge can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Corbridge home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Corbridge distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Corbridge right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Corbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Corbridge 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Corbridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

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 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 currently being built.

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

Municipalities Near Corbridge

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Corbridge, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Corbridge.

Closest five municipalities to Corbridge
Municipality Distance from Corbridge
Aydon -
Dilston -
Broomhaugh 2.75 miles
Riding 2.75 miles
Acomb 3.93 miles