Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Mentmore

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

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About Mentmore, Bedfordshire

Mentmore LU7 has a population of 385 and is located in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire has a population of 669,338 people.

Who supplies my water in Mentmore?

Mentmore water services are supplied by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Mentmore

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is one of many options to deal with your Mentmore water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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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Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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]
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Cost of water in Mentmore

Water bill in Mentmore

Water rates in Mentmore are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Mentmore water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Mentmore water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Mentmore

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

Unmetered Customers in Mentmore

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Mentmore home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Mentmore home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Mentmore is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Mentmore water rates would have been 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Mentmore 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 Mentmore?

The average water bill Mentmore residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

How do I pay my Mentmore water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you've registered with Anglian 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Mentmore 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 Anglian 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 Mentmore?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Mentmore LU7, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Mentmore Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Mentmore

Is water from the tap in Mentmore safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Mentmore come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Mentmore:

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

How hard is the water in Mentmore

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 Mentmore is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Mentmore is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Mentmore contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Mentmore.

  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.

Mentmore No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Mentmore water leak or flooding

Mentmore water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Mentmore home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Mentmore property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Mentmore taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Mentmore water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Mentmore water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Mentmore water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Anglian Water on the contact details above.

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Internet in Mentmore LU7

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The broadband speed you get at your Mentmore home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Mentmore Average Download Speed Mentmore Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Mentmore. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Mentmore?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Mentmore.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Mentmore is the issue of availability. Most homes in Mentmore should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Mentmore?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Mentmore
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Mentmore homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Mentmore.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Mentmore.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Mentmore broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Mentmore. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Mentmore. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Mentmore Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Mentmore should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Mentmore home will be an important thing to consider.

Mentmore broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Mentmore broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Mentmore.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Mentmore?

The average internet speed in Mentmore is:

Mentmore Average Download Speed Mentmore Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Mentmore, it's then connected to your house 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 Mentmore home. 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 .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Mentmore.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Mentmore

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Mentmore is 01296. When making a call to someone in Mentmore, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01296 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01296 Mentmore call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Mentmore

Residents of Mentmore are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Mentmore home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Mentmore distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Mentmore 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 Mentmore

The electricity distribution network operator for Mentmore 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 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 Mentmore

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Mentmore

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Mentmore, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Mentmore.