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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Embleton

If you just moved and have some questions about Embleton? Our utilities guide to Embleton will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Embleton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Embleton.

About Embleton, Northumberland

Embleton NE66 has a population of 412 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Embleton?

Embleton water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Embleton

Speaking to an advisor at Northumbrian Water is one of many options to deal with your Embleton water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water contact number Northumbrian Water Emergency contact 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 submit your request on 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

If you would like to email Northumbrian Water, you should use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Price of water in Embleton

Water bill in Embleton

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

Metered Customers in Embleton

Customers with a water meter at their Embleton 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 cover the consumption at your Embleton home.

Unmetered Customers in Embleton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Embleton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Embleton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Embleton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Embleton water prices were 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? 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 Embleton might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Embleton?

The average water bill Embleton residents are billed is £14.83 each month, that's £178 a year.

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How do I pay my Embleton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account with Northumbrian 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Embleton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Embleton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Embleton NE66, 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.

Embleton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Embleton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Embleton

Is water from the tap in Embleton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Embleton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Embleton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Embleton

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 rating in Embleton is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Embleton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Embleton contains a minimal level 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Embleton.

Embleton No Water

If you have no water in your Embleton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Embleton.

If there is no water at your Embleton home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Embleton.

If your home has no 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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Northumbrian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Embleton water leak or flooding

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

  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, visit the "report a leak" page on the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Embleton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Embleton 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 impermeate the Embleton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Embleton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Northumbrian Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Embleton NE66

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Embleton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Embleton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Embleton Average Download Speed Embleton Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Embleton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Embleton?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Embleton.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Embleton is the availability. Most homes in Embleton should have access to superfast' or fibre 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Embleton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Embleton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Embleton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Embleton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Embleton.
    • 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, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Embleton broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Embleton. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Embleton. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Embleton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Embleton should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Embleton home will be an important thing to consider.

Embleton broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Embleton internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Embleton.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Embleton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Embleton?

The average internet speed in Embleton is:

Embleton Average Download Speed Embleton Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Embleton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Embleton property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Embleton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Embleton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Embleton is 01806. When making a call to someone in Embleton, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Embleton call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 in Embleton

People living in Embleton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Embleton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Embleton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Embleton in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Embleton

The electricity distribution network operator for Embleton 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 Embleton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Embleton

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Embleton, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Embleton.

Closest five municipalities to Embleton
Municipality Distance from Embleton
Alnmouth -
Powburn -
Benthall 6.1 miles
North Sunderland 7.67 miles
Seahouses 7.67 miles