Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lidgate

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

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About Lidgate, Cambridgeshire

Lidgate CB8 has a population of 241 and is located in the county of Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire has a population of 653,412 people.

Who supplies my water in Lidgate?

Lidgate water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Lidgate

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is one of many options to talk about your Lidgate water problems.

Anglian Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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

Cambridge Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Cambridge Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Cambridge Water phone number Cambridge Water Emergency phone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

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]

Cambridge Water

If you prefer to send a letter to Cambridge Water can do so by writing to the Cambridge Water address below:

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG
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Water rates in Lidgate

Water bill in Lidgate

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

Metered Customers in Lidgate

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

Unmetered Customers in Lidgate

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Lidgate home will pay 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 Lidgate home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Lidgate is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Lidgate water rates will 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Lidgate might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Lidgate?

The average water bill Lidgate residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148

How do I pay my Lidgate water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Cambridge 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Lidgate bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian Water or Cambridge Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Lidgate?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lidgate CB8, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge 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.

Lidgate Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lidgate

Is the tap water in Lidgate safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lidgate come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lidgate:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lidgate

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Lidgate contains an elevated level 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Lidgate.

  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.

Lidgate No Water

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

If there is no water at your Lidgate home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Lidgate.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Cambridge 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Lidgate water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Anglian Water or Cambridge Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lidgate taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Lidgate water this may be due to 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 impermeate the Lidgate water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lidgate water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Lidgate CB8

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Lidgate with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Lidgate Average Download Speed Lidgate Average Upload Speed
63.50 Mbps 15.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Lidgate. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Lidgate?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Lidgate.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Lidgate is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Lidgate should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Lidgate?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Lidgate
    • 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 internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lidgate homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Lidgate.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lidgate.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lidgate broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Lidgate. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Lidgate. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Lidgate Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lidgate also needs consideration, with many of us 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 can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Lidgate home will be an important thing to consider.

Lidgate broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Lidgate broadband internet is extremely important. 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 can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Lidgate.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Lidgate?

The average broadband speed in Lidgate is:

Lidgate Average Download Speed Lidgate Average Upload Speed
63.50 Mbps 15.30 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 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 Lidgate, from there it's connected to your home 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 Lidgate property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Lidgate.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the landline area code in Lidgate

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Lidgate is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Lidgate, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Lidgate call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 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 you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Lidgate

Residents in Lidgate are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always 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 Lidgate home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Lidgate distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Lidgate 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 responsible for Lidgate

The electricity distribution network operator for Lidgate 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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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

Power Generation near Lidgate

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

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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 tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lidgate

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Lidgate, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Lidgate.