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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirton

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

About Kirton, Suffolk

Kirton IP10 has a population of 1,146 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Kirton?

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

How to reach your water provider in Kirton

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water is one of many options to discuss your Kirton water problems.

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

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting 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 would like to email Anglian Water, you should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Kirton

Water bill in Kirton

Water rates in Kirton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Kirton water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Kirton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Kirton

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

Unmetered Customers in Kirton

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

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

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Kirton could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Kirton?

The average water bill Kirton residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Kirton water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. After you've registered 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 Kirton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian 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 Kirton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirton IP10, 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.

Kirton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirton

Is the tap water in Kirton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kirton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirton:

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

How hard is the water in Kirton

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kirton contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Kirton No Water

If you have no water in your Kirton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Kirton.

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

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Kirton water leak or flooding

Kirton water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kirton 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 Kirton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Anglian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Kirton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kirton 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 infuse the Kirton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Kirton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Anglian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Kirton IP10

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The broadband speed you get at your Kirton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • 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 see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Kirton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Kirton Average Download Speed Kirton Average Upload Speed
60.00 Mbps 12.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Kirton. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Kirton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Kirton.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Kirton is the availability. The majority of homes in Kirton can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Kirton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Kirton
    • We can split fibre connections 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Kirton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Kirton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Kirton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Kirton broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Kirton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Kirton. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Kirton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Kirton also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Kirton home will be an important thing to consider.

Kirton broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Kirton broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Kirton.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Kirton?

The average broadband speed in Kirton is:

Kirton Average Download Speed Kirton Average Upload Speed
60.00 Mbps 12.10 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Kirton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kirton house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Kirton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended 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
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Kirton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Kirton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Kirton, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Kirton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Kirton

Residents in Kirton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be 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 connects your Kirton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Kirton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Kirton below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Kirton

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirton 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 Kirton

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Kirton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Kirton, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Kirton.

Closest five municipalities to Kirton
Municipality Distance from Kirton
Nacton -
Rushmere St Andrew 3.54 miles
Kesgrave 3.54 miles
Martlesham Heath 3.54 miles
Ravenswood 3.76 miles