A Complete Guide to Utilities in Little Eaton

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

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About Little Eaton, Derbyshire

Little Eaton DE21 has a population of 1,920 and is located in the county of Derbyshire. Derbyshire has a population of 796,142 people.

Who supplies my water in Little Eaton?

Little Eaton water utilities are supplied by Severn Trent. In the table below are the contact numbers for Severn Trent, and South Staffordshire Water:

How to reach your water providers in Little Eaton

Ringing a contact number for Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Little Eaton water account.

Severn Trent phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent contact number Severn Trent Emergency contact number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

South Staffordshire Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for South Staffordshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South Staffordshire Water contact number South Staffordshire Water Emergency contact number
0345 607 0456 0800 389 1011
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water

You can also write to Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water website.

Severn Trent

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

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

If you want to email Severn Trent, you can use the email address below:

Severn Trent Email Address
[email protected]

South Staffordshire Water

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

South Staffordshire Water Address
Green Lane
Walsall
WS2 7PD

If you want to email South Staffordshire Water, you can use the email address below:

South Staffordshire Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Little Eaton

Water bill in Little Eaton

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

Metered Customers in Little Eaton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Little Eaton home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Little Eaton home.

Unmetered Customers in Little Eaton

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Little Eaton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Little Eaton 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Little Eaton may save you money.

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 Little Eaton?

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

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Annual Water Bill
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
South Staffordshire Water £13.33 £160

How do I pay my Little Eaton water bill?

You will first need to register with Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water. After you've registered with Severn Trent or South Staffordshire 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 Little Eaton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Severn Trent or South Staffordshire 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 Little Eaton?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Little Eaton DE21, your water suppliers are Severn Trent and South Staffordshire 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.

Little Eaton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Little Eaton

Is the tap water in Little Eaton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Little Eaton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Little Eaton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Little Eaton

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 Little Eaton is fewer than 200ppm, this means the water in Little Eaton is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Little Eaton more than. medium 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Little Eaton.

  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.

Little Eaton No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Little Eaton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Little Eaton.

If there is no water at your Little Eaton 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 Little Eaton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Little Eaton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Little Eaton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Little Eaton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Little Eaton water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Little Eaton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Little Eaton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Severn Trent or South Staffordshire Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband Speed in Little Eaton DE21

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The broadband speed you get at your Little Eaton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Little Eaton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Little Eaton Average Download Speed Little Eaton Average Upload Speed
73.33 Mbps 14.28 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Little Eaton. 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 some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Little Eaton?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Little Eaton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Little Eaton is what's available. Most homes in Little Eaton can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Little Eaton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Little Eaton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Little Eaton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Little Eaton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Little Eaton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Little Eaton broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Little Eaton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Little Eaton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Little Eaton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Little Eaton 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.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Little Eaton home is something to think about.

Little Eaton broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Little Eaton internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Little Eaton.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Little Eaton have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Little Eaton?

The average internet speed in Little Eaton is:

Little Eaton Average Download Speed Little Eaton Average Upload Speed
73.33 Mbps 14.28 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Little Eaton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Little Eaton property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Little Eaton.

Frequent internet uses 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel 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 Little Eaton

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

How much does an 01806 Little Eaton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Little Eaton

Residents of Little Eaton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Little Eaton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Little Eaton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Little Eaton right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Little Eaton

The electricity distribution network operator for Little Eaton is Western Power Distribution - Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton
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There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Little Eaton

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was 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 kinds 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, and in the coming years this is expected 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Little Eaton

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

Closest five municipalities to Little Eaton
Municipality Distance from Little Eaton
Horsley -
Breadsall -
Oakwood -
Spondon -
Kedleston 2.37 miles