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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Mitford

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

About Mitford, Northumberland

Mitford NE61 has a population of 448 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Mitford?

Mitford water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Mitford

Speaking to an advisor at Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Mitford water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Northumbrian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Northumbrian Water telephone number Northumbrian Water Emergency telephone number
0345 733 5566 0345 717 1100
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Northumbrian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Northumbrian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

If you want to email Northumbrian Water, you should use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Cost of water in Mitford

Water bill in Mitford

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

Metered Customers in Mitford

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Mitford 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 Northumbrian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Mitford home.

Unmetered Customers in Mitford

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Mitford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Mitford 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Mitford might work out cheaper.

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 Mitford?

The average water bill Mitford residents are being charged is £14.83 per month, which is £178 a year.

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How do I pay my Mitford water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered with 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 Mitford bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your 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 Mitford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Mitford NE61, your water supplier is 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.

Mitford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Mitford

Is tap water in Mitford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Mitford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Mitford:

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

Is the water hard in Mitford

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 Mitford is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Mitford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Mitford contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Mitford.

Mitford No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Mitford 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 Mitford.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Northumbrian 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Mitford water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Northumbrian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Northumbrian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Mitford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Mitford 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 impermeate the Mitford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Mitford water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Northumbrian Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Mitford NE61

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Mitford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Mitford Average Download Speed Mitford Average Upload Speed
42.57 Mbps 10.73 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Mitford. 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 internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Mitford?

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 can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Mitford.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Mitford is what's available. Whilst many homes in Mitford can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Mitford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Mitford
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Mitford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Mitford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Mitford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Mitford broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Mitford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Mitford. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Mitford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Mitford should also be considered, with many people 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 is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Mitford home is something to think about.

Mitford broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Mitford broadband internet is of utmost importance. 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 a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Mitford.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Mitford?

The average speed of broadband in Mitford is:

Mitford Average Download Speed Mitford Average Upload Speed
42.57 Mbps 10.73 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Mitford, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Mitford home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Mitford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Mitford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Mitford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Mitford, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Mitford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 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 different 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 Mitford

Residents in Mitford are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Mitford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Mitford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Mitford in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Mitford

The electricity distribution network operator for Mitford 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 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 Mitford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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 begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Mitford

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Mitford, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Mitford.

Closest five municipalities to Mitford
Municipality Distance from Mitford
Morpeth -
West Sleekburn 1.7 miles
Guidepost 1.7 miles
Stakeford 1.7 miles
Bomarsund 1.7 miles