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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blackmore

If you just moved and have some questions about Blackmore? Our complete guide to utilities in Blackmore is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Blackmore water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Blackmore.

About Blackmore, Essex

Blackmore CM4 has a population of 829 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Blackmore?

Blackmore water utilities are supplied by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water, Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Blackmore

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many options to discuss your Blackmore water issues.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water phone number Affinity Water Emergency phone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Anglian Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water phone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency phone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, Anglian Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or is one of many options to discuss your Blackmore water issues.

Write to Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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

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 would like to email Anglian Water, you should 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 would like to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Blackmore

Water bill in Blackmore

Water rates in Blackmore will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Blackmore water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Blackmore water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Blackmore

Customers with a water meter at their Blackmore home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Blackmore home.

Unmetered Customers in Blackmore

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Blackmore home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Blackmore home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Blackmore is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Blackmore water rates would have been 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Blackmore may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Blackmore?

The average water bill Blackmore residents are billed varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Blackmore water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Blackmore bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, 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 Blackmore?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blackmore CM4, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, 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.

Blackmore Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blackmore

Is the tap water in Blackmore safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blackmore come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blackmore:

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

How hard is the water in Blackmore

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 Blackmore is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Blackmore is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Blackmore contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Blackmore.

  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.

Blackmore No Water

If you have no water in your Blackmore home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Blackmore.

If there is no water at your Blackmore home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Blackmore.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water, 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Blackmore water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Blackmore property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Blackmore taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Blackmore 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 infuse the Blackmore water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Blackmore water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Blackmore CM4

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Blackmore 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?

Blackmore Average Download Speed Blackmore Average Upload Speed
63.15 Mbps 16.55 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Blackmore. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Blackmore?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Blackmore.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Blackmore is what's available. Most homes in Blackmore 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.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Blackmore?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Blackmore
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Blackmore homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Blackmore.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Blackmore.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Blackmore broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Blackmore. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Blackmore. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Blackmore Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Blackmore also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Blackmore home is going to be important.

Blackmore broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Blackmore broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Blackmore.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Blackmore ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Blackmore?

The average internet speed in Blackmore is:

Blackmore Average Download Speed Blackmore Average Upload Speed
63.15 Mbps 16.55 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Blackmore, it's then connected to your house 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 Blackmore house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Blackmore.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Blackmore

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Blackmore is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blackmore, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Blackmore call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Blackmore

Residents of Blackmore are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Blackmore home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Blackmore distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blackmore 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 responsible for Blackmore

The electricity distribution network operator for Blackmore 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 Blackmore

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Blackmore

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Blackmore, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Blackmore.

Closest five municipalities to Blackmore
Municipality Distance from Blackmore
Fryerning -
Ingatestone -
Billericay (West) 1.75 miles
Billericay (East) 2.42 miles
Great Burstead 2.42 miles