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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Boreham

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

About Boreham, Essex

Boreham CM3 has a population of 3,244 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Boreham?

Boreham water utilities are supplied by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Boreham

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many options to talk about your Boreham water account.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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

Below, you can find the principal 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

Below, you can find the principal 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 talk about your Boreham water account.

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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Affinity Water

If you prefer to send 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 send 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 send 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

Cost of water in Boreham

Water bill in Boreham

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

Metered Customers in Boreham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Boreham property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Boreham home.

Unmetered Customers in Boreham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Boreham 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 Boreham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Boreham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Boreham 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Boreham 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 Boreham?

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

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Annually
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 Boreham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Boreham bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water, 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 Boreham?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Boreham CM3, 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.

Boreham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Boreham

Is water from the tap in Boreham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Boreham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Boreham:

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

How hard is the water in Boreham

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 Boreham is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Boreham is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Boreham contains an elevated level 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home 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 Boreham.

  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.

Boreham No Water

If you have no water in your Boreham 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 Boreham.

If there is no water at your Boreham home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Boreham.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have 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.

Boreham water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Boreham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Boreham water this may be due 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 Boreham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Boreham 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 on the contact details above.

Internet in Boreham CM3

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The broadband speed you get at your Boreham home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Boreham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Boreham Average Download Speed Boreham Average Upload Speed
62.00 Mbps 15.28 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Boreham. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Boreham?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Boreham.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Boreham is what's available. The majority of homes in Boreham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Boreham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Boreham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Boreham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Boreham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Boreham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Boreham broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Boreham. 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 commit to a internet connection in Boreham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Boreham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Boreham also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Boreham home is something to think about.

Boreham broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Boreham broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Boreham.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Boreham?

The average speed of broadband in Boreham is:

Boreham Average Download Speed Boreham Average Upload Speed
62.00 Mbps 15.28 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Boreham, from there it's connected to your home 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 Boreham house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Boreham.

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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Boreham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Boreham is 01806. If you call someone in Boreham, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Boreham call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your 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 don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Boreham

People living in Boreham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, 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 known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Boreham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Boreham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Boreham 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 Boreham

The electricity distribution network operator for Boreham 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Boreham

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Boreham

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Boreham, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Boreham.

Closest five municipalities to Boreham
Municipality Distance from Boreham
South Woodham Ferrers -
Maylandsea -
Hanham 1.64 miles
Kingswood 1.64 miles
Frenchay 1.66 miles