Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bayford

If you just moved and have some questions about Bayford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Bayford will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bayford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bayford.

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About Bayford, Hertfordshire

Bayford SG13 has a population of 466 and is located in the county of Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire has a population of 1,184,365 people.

Who supplies my water in Bayford?

Bayford water services are supplied by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Bayford

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many options to talk about your Bayford 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

Thames Water telephone numbers

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

Thames Water telephone number Thames Water Emergency telephone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water

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

Affinity Water

If you prefer to write 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

Thames Water

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

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

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

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Bayford

Water bill in Bayford

Water rates in Bayford depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Bayford water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Bayford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bayford

Customers that have a water meter at their Bayford house will pay an annual fixed 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 Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Bayford home.

Unmetered Customers in Bayford

Customers without a meter at their Bayford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bayford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bayford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bayford water prices were 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 Bayford could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bayford?

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

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232

How do I pay my Bayford water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity Water or Thames 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Bayford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water or Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bayford?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bayford SG13, your water suppliers are Affinity Water and Thames 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.

Bayford Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Bayford have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bayford

Is water from the tap in Bayford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bayford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bayford:

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

Is the water hard in Bayford

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 Bayford is over 276ppm, this means the water in Bayford is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bayford contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Bayford.

  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.

Bayford No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bayford 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 Bayford.

If there is no water at your Bayford home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bayford.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bayford water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact Affinity Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bayford taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bayford water this could be because of 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 Bayford 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 Bayford water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Affinity Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Bayford SG13

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Bayford with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Bayford Average Download Speed Bayford Average Upload Speed
74.45 Mbps 15.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bayford. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Bayford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Bayford is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bayford can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bayford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bayford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bayford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bayford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bayford.
    • 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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Bayford broadband cost

Bayford broadband bill

You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Bayford. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Bayford. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bayford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bayford should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Bayford home is something to think about.

Bayford broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Bayford internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Bayford.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bayford have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bayford?

The average broadband speed in Bayford is:

Bayford Average Download Speed Bayford Average Upload Speed
74.45 Mbps 15.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Bayford, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bayford house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Bayford.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Bayford

Corded telephone area code Bayford

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bayford is 01992. If you're calling somebody in Bayford, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01992 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01992 Bayford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included in that 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 unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bayford

Residents in Bayford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Bayford home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bayford

The electricity distribution network operator for Bayford 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution

Power Generation near Bayford

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

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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 tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bayford

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

Closest five municipalities to Bayford
Municipality Distance from Bayford
Newgate Street Village -
Brickendon -
Ware 3.06 miles
Hoddesdon 3.48 miles
Broxbourne 4.41 miles