Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Leedon

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

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About Leedon, Bedfordshire

Leedon LU7 has a population of 287 and is located in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire has a population of 669,338 people.

Who supplies my water in Leedon?

Leedon water services are provided by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Leedon

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Leedon water problems.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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

Write to Anglian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

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

Anglian Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Leedon

Water bill in Leedon

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

Metered Customers in Leedon

Customers with a water meter at their Leedon home will pay a fixed annual 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Leedon home.

Unmetered Customers in Leedon

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Leedon 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 Leedon home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Leedon is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Leedon water rates will have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Leedon could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Leedon?

The average water bill Leedon residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

How do I pay my Leedon water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Leedon bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Leedon?

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

Leedon Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Leedon

Is tap water in Leedon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Leedon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Leedon:

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

Is the water hard in Leedon

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Leedon contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Leedon.

  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.

Leedon No Water

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

If there is no water at your Leedon 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 Leedon.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian 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.

Leedon water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Leedon property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Leedon taste strange?

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

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

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Broadband Speed in Leedon LU7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Leedon home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Leedon with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Leedon Average Download Speed Leedon Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Leedon. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Leedon.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Leedon is the availability. The majority of homes in Leedon can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Leedon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Leedon
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Leedon homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Leedon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Leedon.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Leedon broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Leedon. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Leedon. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Leedon Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Leedon must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Leedon home will be an important thing to consider.

Leedon broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Leedon broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent 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 Leedon.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Leedon?

The average speed of broadband in Leedon is:

Leedon Average Download Speed Leedon Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 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 - 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Leedon, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Leedon home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Leedon.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 talk to your 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Leedon

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Leedon is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Leedon, 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 Leedon call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Leedon

Residents of Leedon can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Leedon home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Leedon distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Leedon below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Leedon

The electricity distribution network operator for Leedon 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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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

Power Generation near Leedon

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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 produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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 sources can 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 Close By Leedon

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Leedon, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Leedon.