A Complete Guide to Utilities in Ravenstone

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

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About Ravenstone, Buckinghamshire

Ravenstone MK46 has a population of 1,623 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Ravenstone?

Ravenstone water services are provided by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Ravenstone

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Ravenstone water account.

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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

Write to Anglian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 want to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Ravenstone

Water bill in Ravenstone

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

Metered Customers in Ravenstone

Customers that have a water meter at their Ravenstone home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Ravenstone home.

Unmetered Customers in Ravenstone

Customers without a meter at their Ravenstone home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Ravenstone home.

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

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Ravenstone?

The average water bill Ravenstone residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

How do I pay my Ravenstone water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Ravenstone bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian 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 Ravenstone?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ravenstone MK46, 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.

Ravenstone Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ravenstone

Is water from the tap in Ravenstone safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ravenstone come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ravenstone:

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

How hard is the water in Ravenstone

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 Ravenstone is below 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Ravenstone is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Ravenstone more than. medium 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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

  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.

Ravenstone No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Ravenstone 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 Ravenstone.

If there is no water at your Ravenstone home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Ravenstone.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Ravenstone water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Ravenstone property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Ravenstone taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Ravenstone 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 impermeate the Ravenstone water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Ravenstone water.

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

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Broadband Speed in Ravenstone MK46

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Ravenstone Average Download Speed Ravenstone Average Upload Speed
91.70 Mbps 42.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Ravenstone. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Ravenstone?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Ravenstone.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Ravenstone is the availability. The majority of homes in Ravenstone can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Ravenstone?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Ravenstone
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Ravenstone homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Ravenstone.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ravenstone.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Ravenstone broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Ravenstone. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Ravenstone. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Ravenstone Broadband Reliability

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

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Ravenstone home is something to think about.

Ravenstone broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Ravenstone broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Ravenstone.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Ravenstone?

The average speed of broadband in Ravenstone is:

Ravenstone Average Download Speed Ravenstone Average Upload Speed
91.70 Mbps 42.90 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Ravenstone, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Ravenstone property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Ravenstone.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Ravenstone

Corded telephone area code Ravenstone

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ravenstone is 01908. If you call someone in Ravenstone, and you are in a different area, you must add 01908 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01908 Ravenstone call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Ravenstone

Residents of Ravenstone are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Ravenstone home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Ravenstone distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Ravenstone in this section.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Ravenstone

The electricity distribution network operator for Ravenstone is Western Power Distribution - East Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - East Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - East Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 678 3105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton
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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

Power Generation near Ravenstone

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 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 hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Ravenstone

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Ravenstone, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Ravenstone.