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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Stowupland

If you just moved and have some questions about Stowupland? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Stowupland is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Stowupland water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Stowupland.

About Stowupland, Suffolk

Stowupland IP14 has a population of 1,748 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Stowupland?

Stowupland water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Stowupland

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many options to talk about your Stowupland water issues.

Anglian Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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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Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency telephone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

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

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

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Price of water in Stowupland

Water bill in Stowupland

Water rates in Stowupland are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Stowupland water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Stowupland water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Stowupland

Customers that have a water meter at their Stowupland 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Stowupland home.

Unmetered Customers in Stowupland

Customers who don't have a meter at their Stowupland home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Stowupland home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Stowupland will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Stowupland 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Stowupland may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Stowupland?

The average water bill Stowupland residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Stowupland water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Stowupland bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Stowupland?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stowupland IP14, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk 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.

Stowupland Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stowupland

Is water from the tap in Stowupland safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Stowupland. You can rest assured that Stowupland water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Stowupland water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Stowupland water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Stowupland come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stowupland:

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

How hard is the water in Stowupland

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 Stowupland is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Stowupland is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Stowupland contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Stowupland No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

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

Stowupland water leak or flooding

Stowupland water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Stowupland home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Stowupland taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Stowupland 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 impermeate the Stowupland water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Stowupland water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Stowupland IP14

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Stowupland with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Stowupland Average Download Speed Stowupland Average Upload Speed
53.00 Mbps 12.55 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Stowupland. 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 households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Stowupland?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Stowupland.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Stowupland is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Stowupland can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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

How can I connect to the internet in Stowupland?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Stowupland
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Stowupland homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Stowupland.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Stowupland.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Stowupland broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Stowupland. 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 fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Stowupland. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Stowupland Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Stowupland also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Stowupland home is going to be important.

Stowupland broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Stowupland internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Stowupland.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Stowupland have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Stowupland?

The average broadband speed in Stowupland is:

Stowupland Average Download Speed Stowupland Average Upload Speed
53.00 Mbps 12.55 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Stowupland, 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 Stowupland home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should take when getting connected in Stowupland.

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
Up to 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Stowupland

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Stowupland is 01806. When making a call to someone in Stowupland, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Stowupland call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Stowupland

People living in Stowupland are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Stowupland home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Stowupland distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Stowupland right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Stowupland

The electricity distribution network operator for Stowupland 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 Stowupland

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Stowupland

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Stowupland, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Stowupland.

Closest five municipalities to Stowupland
Municipality Distance from Stowupland
Creeting St. Mary 8.96 miles
Witnesham 8.96 miles
Claydon 8.96 miles
Henley 8.96 miles
Barham 8.96 miles