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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ovington

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

About Ovington, Northumberland

Ovington NE42 has a population of 532 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Ovington?

Ovington water services are provided by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Ovington

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is one of many options to deal with your Ovington water account.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 also submit your request on the Northumbrian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 would like to email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Water rates in Ovington

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Water rates in Ovington will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Ovington water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Ovington water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ovington

Customers that have a water meter at their Ovington property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Ovington home.

Unmetered Customers in Ovington

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Ovington 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 Ovington home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ovington will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ovington 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Ovington might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Ovington?

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

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How do I pay my Ovington water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you register your details 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 Ovington 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 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 Ovington?

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

Ovington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ovington

Is the tap water in Ovington safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Ovington. You can rest assured that Ovington water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Ovington water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Ovington water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Ovington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ovington:

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

Is the water hard in Ovington

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 Ovington is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Ovington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ovington contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Ovington No Water

If you have no water in your Ovington home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Ovington.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Examine 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.

Ovington water leak or flooding

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

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

Why does the water in Ovington taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Ovington water this could be because of 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 Ovington water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Ovington water.

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

Internet in Ovington NE42

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The speed of your internet connection at your Ovington home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • 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 internet speed in Ovington 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?

Ovington Average Download Speed Ovington Average Upload Speed
53.30 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Ovington. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Ovington.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Ovington is what's available. The majority of homes in Ovington can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Ovington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ovington
    • 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 internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Ovington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Ovington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ovington.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ovington broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Ovington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Ovington. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ovington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ovington must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Ovington home is something to think about.

Ovington broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Ovington internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Ovington.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Ovington have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Ovington?

The average broadband speed in Ovington is:

Ovington Average Download Speed Ovington Average Upload Speed
53.30 Mbps 10.65 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 Ovington, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Ovington property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick when getting connected in Ovington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Ovington

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ovington is 01806. If you call someone in Ovington, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Ovington call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Ovington

People living in Ovington are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the Ovington distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Ovington in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Ovington

The electricity distribution network operator for Ovington 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

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 Ovington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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, 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Ovington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Ovington, we've found the closest five municipalities to Ovington.

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