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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Stakeford

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

About Stakeford, Northumberland

Stakeford NE62 has a population of 8,642 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Stakeford?

Stakeford water services are provided by Northumbrian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Northumbrian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Stakeford

Calling a phone number for Northumbrian Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Stakeford water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Northumbrian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Northumbrian Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 should use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Cost of water in Stakeford

Water bill in Stakeford

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

Metered Customers in Stakeford

Customers that have a water meter at their Stakeford 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 Stakeford home.

Unmetered Customers in Stakeford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Stakeford 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 Stakeford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Stakeford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Stakeford water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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, getting a water meter for your Stakeford might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Stakeford?

The average water bill Stakeford residents are being charged is £14.83 per month, which is £178 a year.

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How do I pay my Stakeford water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you've registered 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Stakeford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Stakeford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stakeford NE62, 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.

Stakeford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stakeford

Is the tap water in Stakeford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Stakeford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stakeford:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Stakeford

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 Stakeford is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Stakeford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Stakeford contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale 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 Stakeford.

Stakeford No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for advice. 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. Examine the Twitter account of 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.

Stakeford water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Stakeford taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Stakeford water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Stakeford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Stakeford water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Northumbrian Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Stakeford NE62

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The broadband speed you get at your Stakeford home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Stakeford 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?

Stakeford Average Download Speed Stakeford Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 10.00 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Stakeford. 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 internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Stakeford.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Stakeford is the availability. The majority of homes in Stakeford should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Stakeford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Stakeford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds 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 the majority of Stakeford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Stakeford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Stakeford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Stakeford broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Stakeford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Stakeford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Stakeford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Stakeford must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Stakeford home will be an important thing to consider.

Stakeford broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Stakeford broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Stakeford.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Stakeford have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Stakeford?

The average broadband speed in Stakeford is:

Stakeford Average Download Speed Stakeford Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 10.00 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 fibre broadband that is 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 Stakeford, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Stakeford house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Stakeford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Stakeford

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Stakeford is 01806. If you call someone in Stakeford, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Stakeford call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to 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 the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Stakeford

Residents in Stakeford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Stakeford home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Stakeford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Stakeford in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Stakeford

The electricity distribution network operator for Stakeford 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 Stakeford

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

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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Stakeford

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Stakeford, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Stakeford.

Closest five municipalities to Stakeford
Municipality Distance from Stakeford
Morpeth 1.7 miles
Mitford 1.7 miles
Ashington 1.73 miles
Bedlington 2.04 miles
Hartford Bridge 2.04 miles