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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Billericay (East)

If you've moved and have questions about Billericay (East)? Our utilities guide to Billericay (East) will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Billericay (East) water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Billericay (East).

About Billericay (East), Essex

Billericay (East) CM11 has a population of 34,274 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Billericay (East)?

Billericay (East) water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Billericay (East)

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Billericay (East) water problems.

Anglian Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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 contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write 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 want to email Anglian Water, you must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write 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 want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in Billericay (East)

Water bill in Billericay (East)

Water rates in Billericay (East) are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Billericay (East) water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Billericay (East) water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Billericay (East)

Customers with a water meter at their Billericay (East) home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 Billericay (East) home.

Unmetered Customers in Billericay (East)

Customers who don't have a meter at their Billericay (East) home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Billericay (East) home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Billericay (East) is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Billericay (East) water prices were 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 Billericay (East) may save you money.

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 Billericay (East)?

The average water bill Billericay (East) residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

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

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Billericay (East) bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Billericay (East)?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Billericay (East) CM11, 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.

Billericay (East) Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Billericay (East) have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Billericay (East)

Is the tap water in Billericay (East) safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Billericay (East) come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Billericay (East):

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

What's the water hardness rating in Billericay (East)

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 rating in Billericay (East) is over 201ppm, this means the water in Billericay (East) is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Billericay (East) contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in Billericay (East).

  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.

Billericay (East) No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Billericay (East) 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 Billericay (East).

If there is no water at your Billericay (East) home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Billericay (East).

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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 often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Billericay (East) water leak or flooding

Billericay (East) water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Billericay (East) 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 Billericay (East) property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Billericay (East) taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Billericay (East) water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Billericay (East) water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Billericay (East) water.

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

Internet in Billericay (East) CM11

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The broadband speed you get at your Billericay (East) home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Billericay (East) with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Billericay (East) Average Download Speed Billericay (East) Average Upload Speed
65.65 Mbps 14.90 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Billericay (East). An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Billericay (East)?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Billericay (East).

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Billericay (East) is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Billericay (East) should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Billericay (East)?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Billericay (East)
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Billericay (East) homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Billericay (East).
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Billericay (East).
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Billericay (East) broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Billericay (East). You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Billericay (East). Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Billericay (East) Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Billericay (East) also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Billericay (East) home will be an important thing to consider.

Billericay (East) broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Billericay (East) internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Billericay (East).

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Billericay (East) ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Billericay (East)?

The average internet speed in Billericay (East) is:

Billericay (East) Average Download Speed Billericay (East) Average Upload Speed
65.65 Mbps 14.90 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Billericay (East), from which it is connected to your property 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 Billericay (East) property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Billericay (East).

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Billericay (East)

Corded telephone area code Billericay (East)

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Billericay (East) is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Billericay (East), and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Billericay (East) call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Billericay (East)

Residents of Billericay (East) can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Billericay (East) home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Billericay (East) distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Billericay (East) 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 in Billericay (East)

The electricity distribution network operator for Billericay (East) 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

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
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Power Generation near Billericay (East)

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Billericay (East).

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Billericay (East)

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Billericay (East), in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Billericay (East).

Closest five municipalities to Billericay (East)
Municipality Distance from Billericay (East)
Billericay (West) 0.98 miles
Stock 2.42 miles
Blackmore 2.42 miles
Fryerning 2.42 miles
Ingatestone 2.42 miles