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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Ravensthorpe

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

About Ravensthorpe, Cambridgeshire

Ravensthorpe PE3 has a population of 646 and is located in the county of Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire has a population of 653,412 people.

Who supplies my water in Ravensthorpe?

Ravensthorpe water services are supplied by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Ravensthorpe

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water is one of many options to talk about your Ravensthorpe water account.

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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

If you would like to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Ravensthorpe

Water bill in Ravensthorpe

Water rates in Ravensthorpe are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Ravensthorpe water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Ravensthorpe water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ravensthorpe

Customers that have a water meter at their Ravensthorpe 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 Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Ravensthorpe home.

Unmetered Customers in Ravensthorpe

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Ravensthorpe home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Ravensthorpe home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ravensthorpe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Ravensthorpe 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 Ravensthorpe could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ravensthorpe?

The average water bill Ravensthorpe residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Ravensthorpe water bill?

You will first 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 Ravensthorpe bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Ravensthorpe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ravensthorpe PE3, 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.

Ravensthorpe Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Ravensthorpe have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ravensthorpe

Is the tap water in Ravensthorpe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ravensthorpe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ravensthorpe:

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

Is the water hard in Ravensthorpe

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ravensthorpe 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Ravensthorpe.

  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.

Ravensthorpe No Water

If you have no water in your Ravensthorpe 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 Ravensthorpe.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Ravensthorpe water leak or flooding

Ravensthorpe water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Ravensthorpe home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Ravensthorpe taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Ravensthorpe water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Ravensthorpe water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Ravensthorpe water.

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

Broadband Speed in Ravensthorpe PE3

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Ravensthorpe with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Ravensthorpe Average Download Speed Ravensthorpe Average Upload Speed
99.40 Mbps 29.35 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ravensthorpe. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is 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 it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Ravensthorpe?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Ravensthorpe.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Ravensthorpe is the issue of availability. Most homes in Ravensthorpe can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Ravensthorpe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ravensthorpe
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Ravensthorpe homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Ravensthorpe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ravensthorpe.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ravensthorpe broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Ravensthorpe. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 broadband connection in Ravensthorpe. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ravensthorpe Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ravensthorpe should 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 keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Ravensthorpe home is something to think about.

Ravensthorpe broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Ravensthorpe internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Ravensthorpe.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Ravensthorpe have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Ravensthorpe?

The average internet speed in Ravensthorpe is:

Ravensthorpe Average Download Speed Ravensthorpe Average Upload Speed
99.40 Mbps 29.35 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Ravensthorpe, 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 Ravensthorpe home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should take for a broadband service in Ravensthorpe.

Frequent internet uses 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
5 devices or more All the above plus large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 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 transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Ravensthorpe

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ravensthorpe is 01733. If you're calling somebody in Ravensthorpe, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01733 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01733 Ravensthorpe call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Ravensthorpe

Residents in Ravensthorpe are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Ravensthorpe home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Ravensthorpe distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Ravensthorpe below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Ravensthorpe

The electricity distribution network operator for Ravensthorpe 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

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 Ravensthorpe

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Ravensthorpe

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Ravensthorpe, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Ravensthorpe.

Closest five municipalities to Ravensthorpe
Municipality Distance from Ravensthorpe
Bretton -
Longthorpe -
Parnwell 0.64 miles