Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Noak Hill
If you've moved and have questions about Noak Hill? Our complete guide to utilities in Noak Hill will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Noak Hill water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Noak Hill.
About Noak Hill, Greater London
Noak Hill RM3 is located in the county of Greater London. Greater London has a population of 9,002,488 people.
Who supplies my water in Noak Hill?
How to reach your water providers in Noak Hill
Calling a phone number for Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Noak Hill water account.
Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Essex & Suffolk Water phone number||Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency phone number|
|0345 782 0111||0800 526 337|
|Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Moving to Noak Hill?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Thames Water contact numbers
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Thames Water phone number||Thames Water Emergency phone number|
|0800 980 8800||0800 714 614|
|Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Write to Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water website.
Essex & Suffolk Water
Customer that want to post a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:
|Essex & Suffolk Water Address|
|Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:
|Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address|
Customer that want to post a letter to Thames Water can do so by writing to the Thames Water address below:
|Thames Water Address|
|Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:
|Thames Water Email Address|
Water rates in Noak Hill
Water rates in Noak Hill depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Noak Hill water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Noak Hill water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Noak Hill
Customers with a water meter at their Noak Hill 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 Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Noak Hill home.
Unmetered Customers in Noak Hill
Customers without a meter at their Noak Hill home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Noak Hill home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Noak Hill is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Noak Hill water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, getting a water meter for your Noak Hill might work out cheaper.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.
How much is the average water bill in Noak Hill?
The average water bill Noak Hill residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Monthly||Average Water Bill Annually|
|Essex & Suffolk Water||£20.50||£246|
Expensive Noak Hill water bills?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.
How do I pay my Noak Hill water bill?
First of all, you will need to register with Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water. After you register your details with Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames 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 Noak Hill bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames 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 Noak Hill?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Noak Hill RM3, your water suppliers are Essex & Suffolk Water and Thames 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.
Noak Hill Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Noak Hill have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Noak Hill
Is the tap water in Noak Hill safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Noak Hill. You can rest assured that Noak Hill water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Noak Hill 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 Noak Hill water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Noak Hill come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Noak Hill:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Noak Hill
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 Noak Hill is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Noak Hill is rated as very hard water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Noak Hill contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.
We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Noak Hill.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Noak Hill No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Noak Hill home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Noak Hill.
If there is no water at your Noak Hill home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Noak Hill.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.
Noak Hill water leak or flooding
Noak Hill water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Noak Hill 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 Noak Hill property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Call Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Noak Hill taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Noak Hill water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Noak Hill water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Noak Hill water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Noak Hill RM3
The speed of your internet connection at your Noak Hill home depends on several factors such as:
- Fibre availability
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Location of the router in your home
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Noak Hill 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?
|Noak Hill Average Download Speed||Noak Hill Average Upload Speed|
|71.00 Mbps||12.70 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Noak Hill?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Noak Hill. 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.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.
What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Noak Hill?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Noak Hill.
The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Noak Hill is the availability. Whilst many homes in Noak Hill can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.
Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Noak Hill?
- Fibre broadband
- This is fastest connection that's currently available in Noak Hill
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads 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.
- Available to 99.9% of Noak Hill homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Noak Hill.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Noak Hill?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Noak Hill broadband value for money
You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Noak Hill. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Noak Hill. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Noak Hill Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Noak Hill should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.
Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Noak Hill home is something to think about.
Noak Hill broadband technical support
Lastly, the technical support for your Noak Hill broadband internet is extremely 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Noak Hill.
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Noak Hill ask about their broadband.
Is the internet fast in Noak Hill?
The average internet speed in Noak Hill is:
|Noak Hill Average Download Speed||Noak Hill Average Upload Speed|
|71.00 Mbps||12.70 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Noak Hill, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Noak Hill home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
What speed internet is best for me?
That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Noak Hill.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Broadband Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Up to 5 devices||AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming||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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.
What's the telephone area code for Noak Hill
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Noak Hill is 01806. If you call someone in Noak Hill, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01806 Noak Hill call cost?
If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Noak Hill
Residents in Noak Hill are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Noak Hill home to the gas network and electricity grid.
Most of the time you won't need to contact the Noak Hill distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Noak Hill 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 responsible for Noak Hill
The electricity distribution network operator for Noak Hill 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|
|Address||237 Southwark Bridge Road
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Noak Hill?
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Power Generation near Noak Hill
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Noak Hill.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.
Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Noak Hill
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Noak Hill, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Noak Hill.