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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Seahouses

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

About Seahouses, Northumberland

Seahouses NE68 has a population of 1,959 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Seahouses?

Seahouses 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 Seahouses

Ringing a contact number for Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Seahouses water problems.

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

Northumbrian Water telephone number Northumbrian Water Emergency telephone 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

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

Customers that would rather email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Cost of water in Seahouses

Water bill in Seahouses

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

Metered Customers in Seahouses

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Seahouses 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 Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Seahouses home.

Unmetered Customers in Seahouses

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Seahouses is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Seahouses 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Seahouses may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Seahouses?

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

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How do I pay my Seahouses water bill?

You will first need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered with Northumbrian 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Seahouses bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Northumbrian Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Seahouses?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Seahouses NE68, 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.

Seahouses Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Seahouses

Is tap water in Seahouses safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Seahouses come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Seahouses:

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

Is the water hard in Seahouses

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 Seahouses is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Seahouses is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Seahouses contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Seahouses.

Seahouses No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Seahouses home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Seahouses.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Northumbrian Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Seahouses water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Seahouses taste strange?

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Northumbrian Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Seahouses NE68

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Seahouses with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Seahouses Average Download Speed Seahouses Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Seahouses. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Seahouses.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Seahouses is the availability. Most homes in Seahouses can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Seahouses?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Seahouses
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Seahouses homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Seahouses.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Seahouses.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Seahouses broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Seahouses. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Seahouses. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Seahouses Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Seahouses should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

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 Seahouses home will be an important thing to consider.

Seahouses broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Seahouses broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Seahouses.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Seahouses?

The average broadband speed in Seahouses is:

Seahouses Average Download Speed Seahouses Average Upload Speed
42.10 Mbps 10.60 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of 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 a green box on your street in Seahouses, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Seahouses house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Seahouses.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 talk to your connected 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 telephone dialling code of Seahouses

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Seahouses is 01806. If you call someone in Seahouses, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Seahouses call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Seahouses

Residents in Seahouses are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Seahouses home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Seahouses distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Seahouses right here.

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 Seahouses

The electricity distribution network operator for Seahouses 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

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 Seahouses

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include 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 Seahouses

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Seahouses, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Seahouses.

Closest five municipalities to Seahouses
Municipality Distance from Seahouses
Benthall 2.68 miles
Bamburgh 2.85 miles
Embleton 7.67 miles
Alnwick 7.67 miles
Alnmouth 7.67 miles