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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lemington

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

About Lemington, Northumberland

Lemington NE15 has a population of 10,228 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Lemington?

Lemington water utilities are supplied by Independent Water Networks Ltd. Below are the main phone numbers for Independent Water Networks Ltd, and Northumbrian Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Lemington

Ringing a contact number for Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water is one of many options to talk about your Lemington water issues.

Independent Water Networks Ltd phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Independent Water Networks Ltd general enquiries and emergencies.

Independent Water Networks Ltd contact number Independent Water Networks Ltd Emergency contact number
0292 002 8711 0292 002 8711
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Northumbrian Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone 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

Write to Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water

You can also get in touch with Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water website.

Independent Water Networks Ltd

If you prefer to write a letter to Independent Water Networks Ltd can do so by writing to the Independent Water Networks Ltd address below:

Independent Water Networks Ltd Address
Driscoll 2, Ellen Street
Cardiff
CF10 4BP

Customers that would rather email Independent Water Networks Ltd, you should use the following email address:

Independent Water Networks Ltd Email Address
wateroperations@iwnl.co.uk

Northumbrian Water

If you prefer to write 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

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you should use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Water rates in Lemington

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Water rates in Lemington will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Lemington water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Lemington water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lemington

Customers that have a water meter at their Lemington property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Lemington home.

Unmetered Customers in Lemington

Customers without a meter at their Lemington home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Lemington home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Lemington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Lemington 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? 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 Lemington might work out 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 Lemington?

The average water bill Lemington residents are billed varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Independent Water Networks Ltd - -
Northumbrian Water £14.83 £178
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How do I pay my Lemington water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water. After you register your details with Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Lemington bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Independent Water Networks Ltd or 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 Lemington?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lemington NE15, your water suppliers are Independent Water Networks Ltd and 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.

Lemington Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Lemington have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lemington

Is the tap water in Lemington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lemington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lemington:

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

Is the water hard in Lemington

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 Lemington is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Lemington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Lemington contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. 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 Lemington.

Lemington No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Lemington home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Lemington.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Lemington water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Independent Water Networks Ltd or 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 Independent Water Networks Ltd or Northumbrian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Lemington taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lemington 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 affect it by infusing your Lemington water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lemington water.

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

Internet in Lemington NE15

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The speed of your internet connection at your Lemington home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Lemington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Lemington Average Download Speed Lemington Average Upload Speed
74.65 Mbps 20.48 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Lemington. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Lemington.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Lemington is what's available. Most homes in Lemington can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Lemington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Lemington
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Lemington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lemington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Lemington.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lemington broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Lemington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Lemington. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lemington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Lemington also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

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

Lemington broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Lemington broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Lemington.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Lemington?

The average speed of broadband in Lemington is:

Lemington Average Download Speed Lemington Average Upload Speed
74.65 Mbps 20.48 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Lemington, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Lemington house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Lemington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 area code for Lemington

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lemington is 01806. If you call someone in Lemington, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Lemington call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Lemington

People living in Lemington can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local 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 Lemington home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Lemington distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lemington 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 for Lemington

The electricity distribution network operator for Lemington 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 Lemington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of 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 generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Lemington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Lemington, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Lemington.

Closest five municipalities to Lemington
Municipality Distance from Lemington
Throckley -
Westerhope 1.22 miles
Wingrove 2.01 miles
Westgate 2.01 miles