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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Preston

Are you moving and want to know more about Preston? Our utilities guide to Preston will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Preston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Preston.

About Preston, East Sussex

Preston BN1 has a population of 97,886 and is located in the county of East Sussex. East Sussex has a population of 558,626 people.

Who supplies my water in Preston?

Preston water services are provided by Southern Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Southern Water:

How to reach your water provider in Preston

Ringing a contact number for Southern Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Preston water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Southern Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Southern Water telephone number Southern Water Emergency telephone number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Southern Water

You can also write to Southern Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Southern Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to Southern Water can do so by writing to the Southern Water address below:

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

If you want to email Southern Water, you can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Preston

Water bill in Preston

Water rates in Preston will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Preston water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Preston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Preston

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Preston house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Southern Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Preston home.

Unmetered Customers in Preston

Customers who don't have a meter at their Preston home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Preston home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Preston is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Preston water prices were 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Preston might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Preston?

The average water bill Preston residents are charged is £14.25 each month, that's £171 a year.

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How do I pay my Preston water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Southern Water. After you've registered with Southern 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 Preston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Southern 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 Preston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Preston BN1, your water supplier is Southern 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.

Preston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Preston

Is the tap water in Preston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Preston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Preston:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Preston

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 Preston is fewer than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Preston is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Preston over. medium 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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You should add a water softener to the water in Preston.

  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.

Preston No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Preston home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Preston.

If there is no water at your Preston home, do you only have 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 Preston.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Southern Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Southern Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Southern 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Preston water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Preston property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Southern Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Southern Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Preston taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Preston 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 Preston water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Preston water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Southern Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Preston BN1

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Preston with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Preston Average Download Speed Preston Average Upload Speed
65.66 Mbps 11.78 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Preston. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Preston?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Preston.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Preston is what's available. Whilst many homes in Preston should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Preston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Preston
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Preston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Preston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Preston.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Preston broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Preston. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Preston. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Preston Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Preston must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Preston home will be an important thing to consider.

Preston broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Preston internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Preston.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Preston have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Preston?

The average internet speed in Preston is:

Preston Average Download Speed Preston Average Upload Speed
65.66 Mbps 11.78 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Preston, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Preston property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Preston.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Preston

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Preston is 01806. When making a call to someone in Preston, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Preston call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Preston

Residents in Preston can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Preston distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Preston 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 for Preston

The electricity distribution network operator for Preston is UK Power Networks - South East England. You can find the UK Power Networks - South East England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - South East 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 Preston

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Preston

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Preston, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Preston.

Closest five municipalities to Preston
Municipality Distance from Preston
Stanmer 0.01 miles
Patcham 0.01 miles
Hollingbury 0.01 miles
Falmer 0.01 miles
Coldean 0.01 miles