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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Riding

Are you moving and want to know more about Riding? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Riding is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Riding water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Riding.

About Riding, Northumberland

Riding NE44 has a population of 966 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Riding?

Riding water services are supplied by Northumbrian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Riding

Speaking to an advisor at Northumbrian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Riding water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Northumbrian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 Riding

Water bill in Riding

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

Metered Customers in Riding

Customers with a water meter at their Riding property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Riding home.

Unmetered Customers in Riding

Customers who don't have a meter at their Riding 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 Riding home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Riding will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Riding water rates would 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Riding might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Riding?

The average water bill Riding residents are being charged is £14.83 each month, that's £178 per year.

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How do I pay my Riding water bill?

You will first need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you register your details with Northumbrian 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 Riding bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Riding?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Riding NE44, 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.

Riding Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Riding

Is tap water in Riding safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Riding come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Riding:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Riding

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 Riding is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Riding is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Riding contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Riding No Water

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

If there is no water at your Riding home, is the problem 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 Riding.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Northumbrian 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.

Riding water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Riding property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Riding taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Riding water this may be due 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 infuse the Riding water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Riding water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Northumbrian Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Riding NE44

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Riding Average Download Speed Riding Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Riding. 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 UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Riding?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Riding.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Riding is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Riding should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years 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 Riding?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Riding
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Riding homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Riding.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Riding.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Riding broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Riding. 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. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Riding. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Riding Broadband Reliability

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

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Riding home is going to be important.

Riding broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Riding broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Riding.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Riding ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Riding?

The average internet speed in Riding is:

Riding Average Download Speed Riding Average Upload Speed
47.40 Mbps 11.60 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Riding, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Riding house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Riding.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Riding

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Riding is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Riding, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Riding call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 in Riding

People living in Riding are free to 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 they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Riding home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Riding distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Riding in this section.

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 Riding

The electricity distribution network operator for Riding 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

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 Riding

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Riding

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Riding, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Riding.

Closest five municipalities to Riding
Municipality Distance from Riding
Painshawfield 2.57 miles
Stocksfield 2.57 miles
Aydon 2.75 miles