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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Billericay (West)

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

About Billericay (West), Essex

Billericay (West) CM12 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 (West)?

Billericay (West) water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to reach your water providers in Billericay (West)

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Billericay (West) water problems.

Anglian Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

Customer that want to post 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 should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

Customer that want to post 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 should use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Billericay (West)

Water bill in Billericay (West)

Water rates in Billericay (West) are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Billericay (West) water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Billericay (West) water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Billericay (West)

Customers with a water meter at their Billericay (West) 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Billericay (West) home.

Unmetered Customers in Billericay (West)

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Billericay (West) will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Billericay (West) water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Billericay (West) 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 Billericay (West)?

The average water bill Billericay (West) residents are billed varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

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

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details 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 Billericay (West) bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Billericay (West)?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Billericay (West) CM12, 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 (West) Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Billericay (West)

Is tap water in Billericay (West) safe to drink?

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

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

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

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

Is the water hard in Billericay (West)

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 Billericay (West) is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Billericay (West) is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Billericay (West) contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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 (West) No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Billericay (West) home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Billericay (West).

If there is no water at your Billericay (West) home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Billericay (West).

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for assistance. 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 explanations as to why you have 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Billericay (West) water leak or flooding

Billericay (West) water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Billericay (West) 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 Billericay (West) property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Billericay (West) taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Billericay (West) water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Billericay (West) water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Billericay (West) water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Billericay (West) CM12

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The speed of your internet connection at your Billericay (West) home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Billericay (West) 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 (West) Average Download Speed Billericay (West) Average Upload Speed
65.75 Mbps 16.55 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Billericay (West). An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Billericay (West)?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Billericay (West).

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Billericay (West) is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Billericay (West) can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Billericay (West)?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Billericay (West)
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Billericay (West) homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Billericay (West).
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Billericay (West).
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Billericay (West) broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Billericay (West). There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Billericay (West). There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Billericay (West) Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Billericay (West) must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Billericay (West) home will be an important thing to consider.

Billericay (West) broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Billericay (West) broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Billericay (West).

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Billericay (West) ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Billericay (West)?

The average speed of broadband in Billericay (West) is:

Billericay (West) Average Download Speed Billericay (West) Average Upload Speed
65.75 Mbps 16.55 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Billericay (West), from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Billericay (West) home. 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 will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Billericay (West).

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Billericay (West)

Corded telephone area code Billericay (West)

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Billericay (West) is 01806. If you call someone in Billericay (West), 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 Billericay (West) call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Billericay (West)

People living in Billericay (West) can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Billericay (West) distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Billericay (West) below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Billericay (West)

The electricity distribution network operator for Billericay (West) 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 (West)

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Billericay (West)

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Billericay (West), we've found the five closest municipalities to Billericay (West).

Closest five municipalities to Billericay (West)
Municipality Distance from Billericay (West)
Great Burstead 0.98 miles
Stock 1.75 miles
Blackmore 1.75 miles
Fryerning 1.75 miles
Ingatestone 1.75 miles