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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ovingham

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

About Ovingham, Northumberland

Ovingham NE42 has a population of 1,222 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Ovingham?

Ovingham water utilities are supplied by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Ovingham

Speaking to an advisor at Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Ovingham water account.

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

Northumbrian Water phone number Northumbrian Water Emergency phone 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

You can also write to Northumbrian Water, you have the choice of posting 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

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you can use the email address below:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Price of water in Ovingham

Water bill in Ovingham

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

Metered Customers in Ovingham

Customers with a water meter at their Ovingham 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Ovingham home.

Unmetered Customers in Ovingham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Ovingham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Ovingham home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ovingham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ovingham 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Ovingham may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ovingham?

The average water bill Ovingham residents are being charged is £14.83 each month, that's £178 per year.

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How do I pay my Ovingham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Northumbrian Water. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Ovingham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Ovingham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ovingham NE42, 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.

Ovingham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Ovingham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ovingham

Is water from the tap in Ovingham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ovingham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ovingham:

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

Is the water hard in Ovingham

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 Ovingham is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Ovingham is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ovingham 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Ovingham.

Ovingham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Ovingham home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Ovingham.

If there is no water at your Ovingham home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Ovingham.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. 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 information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Ovingham water leak or flooding

Ovingham water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Ovingham 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 Ovingham property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Northumbrian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Ovingham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Ovingham 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 infuse the Ovingham water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Ovingham water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Northumbrian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Ovingham NE42

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Ovingham home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Ovingham Average Download Speed Ovingham Average Upload Speed
53.30 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ovingham. 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 UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

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 could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Ovingham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Ovingham is the issue of availability. Most homes in Ovingham should be able to enjoy 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Ovingham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Ovingham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as '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 internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Ovingham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Ovingham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Ovingham.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Ovingham broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Ovingham. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Ovingham. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ovingham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ovingham also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Ovingham home is something to think about.

Ovingham broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Ovingham internet connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ovingham.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Ovingham?

The average broadband speed in Ovingham is:

Ovingham Average Download Speed Ovingham Average Upload Speed
53.30 Mbps 10.65 Mbps

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

To put it 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Ovingham, 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 Ovingham property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Ovingham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Ovingham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Ovingham is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Ovingham, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Ovingham call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Ovingham

Residents in Ovingham are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Ovingham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Ovingham distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Ovingham right here.

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 Ovingham

The electricity distribution network operator for Ovingham 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 Ovingham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Ovingham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Ovingham, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Ovingham.

Closest five municipalities to Ovingham
Municipality Distance from Ovingham
Ovington -
Prudhoe -
Wylam 1.7 miles
Ryton 2.85 miles
Crawcrook 2.85 miles