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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Walberswick

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

About Walberswick, Suffolk

Walberswick IP18 has a population of 380 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Walberswick?

Walberswick 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 Walberswick

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

Anglian Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the 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
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Essex & Suffolk Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

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

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to send 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

If you would like to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Walberswick

Water bill in Walberswick

Water rates in Walberswick will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Walberswick water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Walberswick water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Walberswick

Customers that have a water meter at their Walberswick property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Walberswick home.

Unmetered Customers in Walberswick

Customers who don't have a meter at their Walberswick home have 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 Walberswick home.

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

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

How much is the average water bill in Walberswick?

The average water bill Walberswick residents are charged can differ between suppliers in your area. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

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

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Walberswick bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Walberswick?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Walberswick IP18, 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.

Walberswick Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Walberswick have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Walberswick

Is water from the tap in Walberswick safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Walberswick come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Walberswick:

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

Is the water hard in Walberswick

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 Walberswick is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Walberswick is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Walberswick contains an elevated level 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Walberswick No Water

If you have no water in your Walberswick home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Walberswick.

If there is no water at your Walberswick home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Walberswick.

If there is no 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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they will often tweet 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.

Walberswick water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Walberswick taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Walberswick 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 infuse the Walberswick water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Walberswick water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Walberswick IP18

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The broadband speed you get at your Walberswick home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Walberswick with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Walberswick Average Download Speed Walberswick Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Walberswick. 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 is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Walberswick?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Walberswick.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Walberswick is what's available. Most homes in Walberswick should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Walberswick?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Walberswick
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Walberswick homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Walberswick.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Walberswick.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Walberswick broadband cost

Walberswick broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Walberswick. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Walberswick. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Walberswick Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Walberswick also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Walberswick home is going to be important.

Walberswick broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Walberswick internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Walberswick.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Walberswick have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Walberswick?

The average internet speed in Walberswick is:

Walberswick Average Download Speed Walberswick Average Upload Speed
38.90 Mbps 9.80 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Walberswick, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Walberswick house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Walberswick.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Walberswick

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Walberswick is 01502. If you call someone in Walberswick, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01502 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01502 Walberswick call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Walberswick

People living in Walberswick can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Walberswick home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Walberswick distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Walberswick right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Walberswick

The electricity distribution network operator for Walberswick 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 Walberswick

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Walberswick

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Walberswick, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Walberswick.

Closest five municipalities to Walberswick
Municipality Distance from Walberswick
Southwold -
Reydon -
Halesworth 7.09 miles
Saxmundham 10.19 miles
Thorpeness 10.45 miles