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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bobbingworth

If you've moved and have questions about Bobbingworth? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Bobbingworth will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bobbingworth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bobbingworth.

About Bobbingworth, Essex

Bobbingworth CM5 has a population of 280 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Bobbingworth?

Bobbingworth water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Bobbingworth

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Bobbingworth water account.

Affinity Water phone numbers

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

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

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water contact number Thames Water Emergency contact 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, you have the choice of posting 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 should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Cost of water in Bobbingworth

Water bill in Bobbingworth

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

Metered Customers in Bobbingworth

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bobbingworth 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 Affinity Water or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bobbingworth home.

Unmetered Customers in Bobbingworth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bobbingworth home will pay 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 Bobbingworth home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bobbingworth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bobbingworth water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Bobbingworth may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bobbingworth?

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

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Bobbingworth water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water or Thames 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Bobbingworth bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Affinity Water or Thames 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 Bobbingworth?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bobbingworth CM5, 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.

Bobbingworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bobbingworth

Is the tap water in Bobbingworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bobbingworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bobbingworth:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bobbingworth

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 rating for water hardness in Bobbingworth is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Bobbingworth is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bobbingworth contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Bobbingworth No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bobbingworth home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Bobbingworth.

If there is no water at your Bobbingworth 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 Bobbingworth.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water or Thames Water, they often post incident 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.

Bobbingworth water leak or flooding

Bobbingworth water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bobbingworth home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Bobbingworth property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Affinity Water or Thames 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 or Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bobbingworth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bobbingworth water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Bobbingworth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bobbingworth water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Bobbingworth CM5

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The broadband speed you get at your Bobbingworth home is dependant upon 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
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Bobbingworth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bobbingworth Average Download Speed Bobbingworth Average Upload Speed
60.65 Mbps 18.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Bobbingworth. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Bobbingworth?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Bobbingworth.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Bobbingworth is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bobbingworth can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes 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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bobbingworth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bobbingworth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bobbingworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bobbingworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bobbingworth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bobbingworth broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bobbingworth. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Bobbingworth. 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.

Bobbingworth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bobbingworth must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

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

Bobbingworth broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Bobbingworth internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Bobbingworth.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bobbingworth have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Bobbingworth?

The average speed of broadband in Bobbingworth is:

Bobbingworth Average Download Speed Bobbingworth Average Upload Speed
60.65 Mbps 18.20 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 - 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Bobbingworth, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bobbingworth house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Bobbingworth.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Bobbingworth

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bobbingworth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bobbingworth, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Bobbingworth call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of 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 a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Bobbingworth

People living in Bobbingworth can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Bobbingworth home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Bobbingworth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bobbingworth right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bobbingworth

The electricity distribution network operator for Bobbingworth 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  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 Bobbingworth

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bobbingworth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Bobbingworth, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Bobbingworth.

Closest five municipalities to Bobbingworth
Municipality Distance from Bobbingworth
Chipping Ongar -
The Lavers -
The Rodings -
High Ongar -
Matching Tye 4.58 miles