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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Grove

Are you moving and want to know more about Grove? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Grove is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Grove water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Grove.

About Grove, Bedfordshire

Grove LU7 has a population of 990 and is located in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire has a population of 669,338 people.

Who supplies my water in Grove?

Grove water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Grove

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Grove water issues.

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

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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
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Write to Anglian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

If you want to email Anglian Water, you must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Grove

Water bill in Grove

Water rates in Grove will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Grove water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Grove water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Grove

Customers with a water meter at their Grove house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Grove home.

Unmetered Customers in Grove

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Grove will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Grove water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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, having a water meter installed at your Grove might work out cheaper.

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 Grove?

The average water bill Grove residents are charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Grove water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Grove bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Grove?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Grove LU7, 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.

Grove Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Grove have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Grove

Is water from the tap in Grove safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Grove. You can rest assured that Grove water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Grove water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Grove water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Grove come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Grove:

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

Is the water hard in Grove

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 Grove is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Grove is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Grove contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard 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.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Grove.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. 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.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Grove No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Grove 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 Grove.

If there is no water at your Grove home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Grove.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Grove water leak or flooding

Grove water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Grove home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Grove property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Grove taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Grove 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 Grove water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Grove water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Anglian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Grove LU7

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Grove Average Download Speed Grove Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Grove. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Grove?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Grove.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Grove is what's available. The majority of homes in Grove should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Grove?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Grove
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Grove homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Grove.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Grove.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Grove broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Grove. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Grove. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Grove Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Grove also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Grove home is going to be important.

Grove broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Grove broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Grove.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Grove ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Grove?

The average broadband speed in Grove is:

Grove Average Download Speed Grove Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Grove, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Grove home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Grove.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Grove

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Grove is 01235. If you're calling somebody in Grove, and you are in a different area, you must add 01235 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01235 Grove call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Grove

Residents in Grove can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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 Grove home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Grove distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Grove 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 in Grove

The electricity distribution network operator for Grove is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

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 Grove

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

Fossil Fuels

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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Grove

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Grove, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Grove.