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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Leiston

If you just moved and have some questions about Leiston? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Leiston will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Leiston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Leiston.

About Leiston, Suffolk

Leiston IP16 has a population of 5,643 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Leiston?

Leiston water services are provided by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to reach your water providers in Leiston

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many options to talk about your Leiston water account.

Anglian Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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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Essex & Suffolk Water phone numbers

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

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency telephone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write 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 should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Price of water in Leiston

Water bill in Leiston

Water rates in Leiston will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Leiston water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Leiston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Leiston

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Leiston 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 or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Leiston home.

Unmetered Customers in Leiston

Customers who don't have a meter at their Leiston home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Leiston home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Leiston is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Leiston 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Leiston may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Leiston?

The average water bill Leiston residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Leiston water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Leiston bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Leiston?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Leiston IP16, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk 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.

Leiston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Leiston

Is the tap water in Leiston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Leiston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Leiston:

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

How hard is the water in Leiston

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 Leiston is over 201ppm, this means the water in Leiston is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Leiston 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Leiston.

  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.

Leiston No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Leiston water leak or flooding

Leiston water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Leiston home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Leiston taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Leiston water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Leiston 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 Leiston water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Leiston IP16

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The broadband speed you get at your Leiston 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
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Leiston Average Download Speed Leiston Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Leiston. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Leiston?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Leiston.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Leiston is what's available. Whilst many homes in Leiston should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Leiston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Leiston
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Leiston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Leiston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Leiston.
    • 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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Leiston broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Leiston. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Leiston. 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.

Leiston Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Leiston must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Leiston home is something to think about.

Leiston broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Leiston broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Leiston.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Leiston have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Leiston?

The average speed of broadband in Leiston is:

Leiston Average Download Speed Leiston Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Leiston, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Leiston house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Leiston.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Leiston

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Leiston is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Leiston, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Leiston call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Leiston

Residents of Leiston can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Leiston home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Leiston distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Leiston right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Leiston

The electricity distribution network operator for Leiston 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

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 Leiston

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

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 will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Leiston

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Leiston, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Leiston.

Closest five municipalities to Leiston
Municipality Distance from Leiston
Aldringham -
Eastbridge -
Theberton -
Aldeburgh 1.57 miles
Saxmundham 8.2 miles