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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Ravenswood

Are you moving and want to know more about Ravenswood? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Ravenswood will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Ravenswood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Ravenswood.

About Ravenswood, Suffolk

Ravenswood IP3 is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Ravenswood?

Ravenswood water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Ravenswood

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Ravenswood water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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 get in touch with Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Ravenswood

Water bill in Ravenswood

Water rates in Ravenswood will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Ravenswood water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Ravenswood water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ravenswood

Customers with a water meter at their Ravenswood 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 Ravenswood home.

Unmetered Customers in Ravenswood

Customers who don't have a meter at their Ravenswood home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Ravenswood home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ravenswood is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ravenswood 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, having a water meter installed at your Ravenswood could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ravenswood?

The average water bill Ravenswood residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Ravenswood water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water. After you've registered with Anglian 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 Ravenswood bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Ravenswood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ravenswood IP3, 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.

Ravenswood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ravenswood

Is the tap water in Ravenswood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ravenswood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ravenswood:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Ravenswood

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 Ravenswood is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Ravenswood is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Ravenswood contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Ravenswood.

  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.

Ravenswood No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Ravenswood water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Ravenswood taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Ravenswood water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Ravenswood water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Ravenswood water.

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

Broadband in Ravenswood IP3

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Ravenswood with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Ravenswood Average Download Speed Ravenswood Average Upload Speed
60.00 Mbps 12.10 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Ravenswood. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Ravenswood.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Ravenswood is what's available. Most homes in Ravenswood can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Ravenswood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Ravenswood
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Ravenswood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Ravenswood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Ravenswood.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ravenswood broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Ravenswood. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Ravenswood. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ravenswood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ravenswood should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Ravenswood home is something to think about.

Ravenswood broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Ravenswood broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Ravenswood.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Ravenswood ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Ravenswood?

The average speed of broadband in Ravenswood is:

Ravenswood Average Download Speed Ravenswood Average Upload Speed
60.00 Mbps 12.10 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Ravenswood, 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 Ravenswood property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Ravenswood.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two radio frequencies 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Ravenswood

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ravenswood is 01473. If you call someone in Ravenswood, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01473 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01473 Ravenswood call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

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

Gas and Electricity in Ravenswood

Residents of Ravenswood are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Ravenswood distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ravenswood below.

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 Ravenswood

The electricity distribution network operator for Ravenswood 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Ravenswood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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.

Towns and Cities Near Ravenswood

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

Closest five municipalities to Ravenswood
Municipality Distance from Ravenswood
Stoke Park 2.29 miles
Wherstead 2.29 miles
Belstead 2.29 miles