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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Streatley

Are you moving and want to know more about Streatley? Our complete guide to utilities in Streatley will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Streatley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Streatley.

About Streatley, Bedfordshire

Streatley LU3 has a population of 1,840 and is located in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire has a population of 669,338 people.

Who supplies my water in Streatley?

Streatley water services are provided by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Anglian Water:

How to reach your water providers in Streatley

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water or Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Streatley water account.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

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

Affinity Water telephone number Affinity Water Emergency telephone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Anglian Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

Write to Affinity Water or Anglian Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water or Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water or Anglian Water website.

Affinity Water

Customer that want to post a letter to Affinity Water can do so by writing to the Affinity Water address below:

Affinity Water Address
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

Anglian Water

Customer that want to post 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 can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Streatley

Water bill in Streatley

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

Metered Customers in Streatley

Customers with a water meter at their Streatley 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 Affinity Water or Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Streatley home.

Unmetered Customers in Streatley

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Streatley is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Streatley water rates would have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Streatley could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Streatley?

The average water bill Streatley residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Streatley water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Anglian Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water or 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Streatley 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 Affinity Water or Anglian 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 Streatley?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Streatley LU3, your water suppliers are Affinity Water and 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.

Streatley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Streatley

Is water from the tap in Streatley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Streatley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Streatley:

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

Is the water hard in Streatley

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 Streatley is higher than 201ppm, this means the water in Streatley is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Streatley contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Streatley.

  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.

Streatley No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Streatley home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Streatley.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Anglian Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Anglian 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.

Streatley water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Affinity Water or Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water or Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Streatley taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Streatley water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Streatley water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Streatley water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water or Anglian Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Streatley LU3

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Streatley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Streatley Average Download Speed Streatley Average Upload Speed
93.17 Mbps 15.77 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Streatley. 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.

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

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Streatley?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Streatley.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Streatley is the availability. Most homes in Streatley should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre 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 since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Streatley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Streatley
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Streatley homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Streatley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Streatley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Streatley broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Streatley. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Streatley. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Streatley Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Streatley must also be considered, with many people 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 a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Streatley home is something to think about.

Streatley broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Streatley broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Streatley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Streatley?

The average broadband speed in Streatley is:

Streatley Average Download Speed Streatley Average Upload Speed
93.17 Mbps 15.77 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Streatley, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Streatley property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Streatley.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Streatley

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Streatley is 01582. If you're calling somebody in Streatley, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01582 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01582 Streatley call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Streatley

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

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Streatley home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Streatley distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Streatley below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Streatley

The electricity distribution network operator for Streatley 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 Streatley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Streatley

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Streatley, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Streatley.

Closest five municipalities to Streatley
Municipality Distance from Streatley
Lower Sundon -
Toddington 2.49 miles
Houghton Regis 2.49 miles