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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Needham Market

Are you moving and want to know more about Needham Market? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Needham Market is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Needham Market water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Needham Market.

About Needham Market, Suffolk

Needham Market IP6 has a population of 4,528 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Needham Market?

Needham Market water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Needham Market

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Needham Market water issues.

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

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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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Write to Anglian Water

You can also write to Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Water rates in Needham Market

Water bill in Needham Market

Water rates in Needham Market are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Needham Market water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Needham Market water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Needham Market

Customers with a water meter at their Needham Market property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Needham Market home.

Unmetered Customers in Needham Market

Customers without a meter at their Needham Market home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Needham Market home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Needham Market is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Needham Market 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? 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 Needham Market 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 Needham Market?

The average water bill Needham Market residents are charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Needham Market water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details with Anglian 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Needham Market bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Needham Market?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Needham Market IP6, 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.

Needham Market Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Needham Market have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Needham Market

Is tap water in Needham Market safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Needham Market come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Needham Market:

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

How hard is the water in Needham Market

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 in Needham Market is over 201ppm, this means the water in Needham Market is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Needham Market contains a higher amount 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Needham Market.

  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.

Needham Market No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Needham Market home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Needham Market.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Needham Market water leak or flooding

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

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

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

Why does the water in Needham Market taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Needham Market water this could be because of 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 Needham Market water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Needham Market water.

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

Internet in Needham Market IP6

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Needham Market 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?

Needham Market Average Download Speed Needham Market Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Needham Market. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Needham Market?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Needham Market.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Needham Market is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Needham Market should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Needham Market?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Needham Market
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Needham Market homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Needham Market.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Needham Market.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Needham Market broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Needham Market. 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 sign up to a internet service in Needham Market. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Needham Market Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Needham Market also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Needham Market home is going to be important.

Needham Market broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Needham Market internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Needham Market.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Needham Market ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Needham Market?

The average broadband speed in Needham Market is:

Needham Market Average Download Speed Needham Market Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Needham Market, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Needham Market home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Needham Market.

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 the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Needham Market

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Needham Market is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Needham Market, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Needham Market call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Needham Market

People living in Needham Market are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Needham Market distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Needham Market right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Needham Market

The electricity distribution network operator for Needham Market 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 care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Needham Market

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

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%). 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

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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Needham Market

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Needham Market, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Needham Market.

Closest five municipalities to Needham Market
Municipality Distance from Needham Market
Witnesham -
Claydon -
Henley -
Barham -
Little Bealings 3.22 miles