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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Hartford Bridge

If you've moved and have questions about Hartford Bridge? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Hartford Bridge is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Hartford Bridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Hartford Bridge.

About Hartford Bridge, Northumberland

Hartford Bridge NE22 is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Hartford Bridge?

Hartford Bridge water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Hartford Bridge

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Hartford Bridge water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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 get in touch with 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 send 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 must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Price of water in Hartford Bridge

Water bill in Hartford Bridge

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

Metered Customers in Hartford Bridge

Customers that have a water meter at their Hartford Bridge property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Hartford Bridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Hartford Bridge

Customers who don't have a meter at their Hartford Bridge home will pay 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 Hartford Bridge home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Hartford Bridge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Hartford Bridge water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Hartford Bridge might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Hartford Bridge?

The average water bill Hartford Bridge residents are charged is £14.83 monthly, which works out at £178 a year.

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How do I pay my Hartford Bridge water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Hartford Bridge bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Hartford Bridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hartford Bridge NE22, 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.

Hartford Bridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hartford Bridge

Is the tap water in Hartford Bridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Hartford Bridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Hartford Bridge:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Hartford Bridge

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 Hartford Bridge is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Hartford Bridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Hartford Bridge contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Hartford Bridge.

Hartford Bridge No Water

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

If there is no water at your Hartford Bridge home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Hartford Bridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any explanations as to 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Hartford Bridge water leak or flooding

Hartford Bridge water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Hartford Bridge 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 Hartford Bridge property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Hartford Bridge taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Hartford Bridge water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Hartford Bridge water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Hartford Bridge 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.

Internet in Hartford Bridge NE22

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The broadband speed you get at your Hartford Bridge home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Hartford Bridge with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Hartford Bridge Average Download Speed Hartford Bridge Average Upload Speed
52.00 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Hartford Bridge. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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 this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Hartford Bridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service 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 Hartford Bridge.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Hartford Bridge is the availability. Most homes in Hartford Bridge should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Hartford Bridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Hartford Bridge
    • 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 internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Hartford Bridge homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Hartford Bridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Hartford Bridge.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Hartford Bridge broadband cost

Hartford Bridge broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Hartford Bridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Hartford Bridge. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Hartford Bridge Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Hartford Bridge should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Hartford Bridge home is going to be important.

Hartford Bridge broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Hartford Bridge broadband connection 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 in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Hartford Bridge.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Hartford Bridge have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Hartford Bridge?

The average speed of broadband in Hartford Bridge is:

Hartford Bridge Average Download Speed Hartford Bridge 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 - 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 Hartford Bridge, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Hartford Bridge house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Hartford Bridge.

Usual Internet habits 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Hartford Bridge

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Hartford Bridge is 01806. When making a call to someone in Hartford Bridge, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Hartford Bridge call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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 unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Hartford Bridge

People living in Hartford Bridge are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always 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 Hartford Bridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Hartford Bridge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hartford Bridge 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 in Hartford Bridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Hartford Bridge 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 Hartford Bridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. 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 amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Hartford Bridge

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

Closest five municipalities to Hartford Bridge
Municipality Distance from Hartford Bridge
West Sleekburn 2.04 miles
Guidepost 2.04 miles
Stakeford 2.04 miles
Bomarsund 2.04 miles
Scotland Gate 2.04 miles