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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wark

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

About Wark, Northumberland

Wark NE48 has a population of 741 and is located in the county of Northumberland. Northumberland has a population of 319,010 people.

Who supplies my water in Wark?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Wark

Calling a phone number for Northumbrian Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Wark water issues.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

You can also write to Northumbrian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Northumbrian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

If you would like to email Northumbrian Water, you must use the following email address:

Northumbrian Water Email Address
care@nwl.co.uk

Cost of water in Wark

Water bill in Wark

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

Metered Customers in Wark

Customers with a water meter at their Wark house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Northumbrian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Wark home.

Unmetered Customers in Wark

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Wark will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Wark water prices were 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 have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Wark could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Wark?

The average water bill Wark residents are billed is £14.83 monthly, which works out at £178 annually.

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How do I pay my Wark water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Northumbrian Water. After you register your details with Northumbrian 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 Wark bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Northumbrian 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 Wark?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wark NE48, 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.

Wark Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wark

Is water from the tap in Wark safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wark come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wark:

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

How hard is the water in Wark

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 Wark is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Wark is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Wark contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Wark.

Wark No Water

If you have no water in your Wark home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Wark.

If there is no water at your Wark home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Wark.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Northumbrian Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Northumbrian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Northumbrian 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Wark water leak or flooding

Wark water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Wark 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 Wark property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Northumbrian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Northumbrian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Wark taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Wark water this could be down 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 Wark water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wark water.

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

Internet in Wark NE48

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

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

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Wark with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Wark Average Download Speed Wark Average Upload Speed
44.75 Mbps 11.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Wark. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Wark?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Wark.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Wark is the availability. The majority of homes in Wark can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wark?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Wark
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, 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 connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Wark homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Wark.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Wark.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Wark broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Wark. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Wark. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Wark Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Wark must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Wark home is going to be important.

Wark broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Wark internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Wark.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Wark ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Wark?

The average internet speed in Wark is:

Wark Average Download Speed Wark Average Upload Speed
44.75 Mbps 11.10 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Wark, from which it is connected to your property 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 Wark house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Wark.

Usual Internet habits 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
Up to 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 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 don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Wark

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Wark is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Wark, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Wark call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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.

Gas and Electricity in Wark

Residents in Wark can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Wark distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Wark below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Wark

The electricity distribution network operator for Wark 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Wark

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 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, 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Wark

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Wark, we've found the closest five municipalities to Wark.

Closest five municipalities to Wark
Municipality Distance from Wark
Kielder -
Haydon Bridge 14.59 miles
Allendale Town 14.59 miles
Allenheads 14.59 miles
Bardon Mill 14.59 miles