Bedford Water: Water Rates, Supply Info & Hardness

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If you just moved and have some Bedford water questions, you will be able to find who handles the Bedford water supply as well as wastewater services in the water information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Bedford water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.

Bedford Water Supplier

Bedford Water is supplied by one water company, Anglian Water. Here are the contact details for your Bedford water supplier:

Bedford Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Anglian Water 03457 919 155 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Bedford sewerage and wastewater is handled by the same company, Anglian Water. Here are Bedford sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Bedford Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Anglian Water 03457 145 145 24/7

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

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Water Rates Bedford

Water rates in Bedford will depend on whether your home does or does not have a water meter. You can find out whether your Bedford water rates are metered or not by simply looking at your water bill. Homes with metered Bedford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Homes that are not metered won't, but they will have the rateable value of the home instead of this. The rateable value part of your Bedford water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and unlikely to have changed much since then.

If you've just moved in or you don't have a bill handy, you can look around your house or in the front garden for a meter. Sometimes the meter may be located inside your house near the stop tap.

If you want to read more about water meters? check out Selectra's essential guide to water meters.

The average water rates Bedford residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £419 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs.

If you want to save money on your water bill then this handy guide to water rates in the UK will give you some great tips & tricks to help lower your water bill.

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Bedford Water Hardness

Bedford water hardness is rated as hard water. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Bedford Water's supply area, Bedford's water picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.

Bedford water's hard rating means that the hard water in your home may lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and loos. There are however ways to limit the effects of hard water furring or scaling in Bedford.

  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 - Do not overfill your kettle with water in, general. Make sure that you clean your kettle by half-filling and adding 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 - Take advantage of the built-in water softener. Make sure you regularly top off it off with dishwasher salt in the appropriate compartment.]

Can you drink the water in Bedford?

Yes! You can drink the water in Bedford. You can rest assured that Bedford water meets very high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Bedford water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not necessary to boil or filter Bedford water to make it potable.

If you notice a change in taste or smell of Bedford water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination - a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes in water characteristics can infuse Bedford water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell or appearance, you should not hesitate to contact Anglian Water.

Bedford Water Problems

Bedford water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding to no water in your 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 Bedford property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out and about, call or tweet Anglian Water
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "Report an issue" section of Anglian Water and fill out the online form or to request a callback.

Bedford No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or an Anglian Water outage impacting Bedford.

  1. Check the FAQ or "In your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  3. Check that your stop tap is open
  4. If you have no water is it only no cold water or no hot water. If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance.

Bedford Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be an Anglian Water issue impacting Bedford.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Bedford may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Or, Anglian Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Bedford
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear

If there is no improvement after trying this, you can contact Anglian Water for assistance.

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