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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Longford

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

About Longford, Warwickshire

Longford CV6 has a population of 18,538 and is located in the county of Warwickshire. Warwickshire has a population of 568,167 people.

Who supplies my water in Longford?

Longford water services are supplied by Severn Trent. Below are the main phone numbers for Severn Trent:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Longford

Calling a phone number for Severn Trent is one of many options to talk about your Longford water account.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

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

You can also get in touch with Severn Trent, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Severn Trent website.

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 should use the following email address:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

Cost of water in Longford

Water bill in Longford

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

Metered Customers in Longford

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Longford 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 Severn Trent. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Longford home.

Unmetered Customers in Longford

Customers without a meter at their Longford home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Longford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Longford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Longford 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Longford might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Longford?

The average water bill Longford residents are charged is £16.58 each month, that's £199 annually.

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How do I pay my Longford water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Severn Trent. After you register your details with Severn Trent, 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Longford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Severn Trent account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Longford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Longford CV6, your water supplier is Severn Trent.

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.

Longford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Longford

Is water from the tap in Longford safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Longford. You can rest assured that Longford water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Longford water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Longford water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Longford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Longford:

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

How hard is the water in Longford

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 Longford is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Longford is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Longford contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Longford.

  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.

Longford No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Longford home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Longford.

If there is no water at your Longford home, do you only have 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 Longford.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Severn Trent website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Severn Trent, 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Longford water leak or flooding

Longford water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Longford home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Call Severn Trent 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 Severn Trent website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Longford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Longford water this could be down 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 affect it by infusing your Longford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Longford water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Severn Trent via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Longford CV6

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The speed of your internet connection at your Longford home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Longford with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Longford Average Download Speed Longford Average Upload Speed
84.83 Mbps 20.97 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Longford. 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 homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Longford?

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. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Longford.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Longford is what's available. The majority of homes in Longford should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Longford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Longford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Longford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Longford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Longford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Longford broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Longford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Longford. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Longford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Longford should 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 do your work is really important.

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

Longford broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Longford broadband connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Longford.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Longford have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Longford?

The average speed of broadband in Longford is:

Longford Average Download Speed Longford Average Upload Speed
84.83 Mbps 20.97 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Longford, 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 Longford house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Longford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Longford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Longford is 024. If you call someone in Longford, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 024 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 024 Longford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Longford

People living in Longford can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Longford home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Longford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Longford 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 in Longford

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

Western Power Distribution - East Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 678 3105
Email wpdnewsuppliesmids@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton

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
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Power Generation near Longford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Longford

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Longford, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Longford.