Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Slapton

Are you moving and want to know more about Slapton? Our complete guide to utilities in Slapton will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Slapton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Slapton.

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About Slapton, Bedfordshire

Slapton LU7 has a population of 182 and is located in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire has a population of 669,338 people.

Who supplies my water in Slapton?

Slapton water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Slapton

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Slapton water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

Write to Anglian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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 must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Slapton

Water bill in Slapton

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

Metered Customers in Slapton

Customers with a water meter at their Slapton 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Slapton home.

Unmetered Customers in Slapton

Customers without a meter at their Slapton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Slapton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Slapton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Slapton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, having a water meter installed at your Slapton 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 Slapton?

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

How do I pay my Slapton water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Slapton 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. As soon as you've 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 Slapton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Slapton LU7, 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.

Slapton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Slapton

Is water from the tap in Slapton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Slapton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Slapton:

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

Is the water hard in Slapton

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Slapton contains an elevated level 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Slapton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Slapton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Slapton.

If there is no 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 information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Slapton water leak or flooding

Slapton water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Slapton home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Slapton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Slapton taste strange?

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

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

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Broadband Speed in Slapton LU7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Slapton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Slapton 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?

Slapton Average Download Speed Slapton Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Slapton. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Slapton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Slapton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Slapton is the availability. The majority of homes in Slapton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Slapton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Slapton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Slapton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Slapton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Slapton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Slapton broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Slapton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Slapton. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Slapton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Slapton must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Slapton home will be an important thing to consider.

Slapton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Slapton broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Slapton.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Slapton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Slapton?

The average broadband speed in Slapton is:

Slapton Average Download Speed Slapton Average Upload Speed
79.13 Mbps 17.87 Mbps

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

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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Slapton, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Slapton home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

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

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Slapton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Slapton is 01525. If you're calling somebody in Slapton, and you are in a different area, you should add 01525 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01525 Slapton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Slapton

Residents of Slapton are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Slapton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Slapton in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Slapton

The electricity distribution network operator for Slapton 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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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

Power Generation near Slapton

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

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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 fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Slapton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Slapton, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Slapton.