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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bures

Are you moving and want to know more about Bures? Our complete guide to utilities in Bures is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bures water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bures.

About Bures, Essex

Bures CO8 has a population of 1,433 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Bures?

Bures water services are provided by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Bures

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bures water issues.

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
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Write to Anglian Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water website.

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

Price of water in Bures

Water bill in Bures

Water rates in Bures depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Bures water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Bures water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bures

Customers that have a water meter at their Bures 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bures home.

Unmetered Customers in Bures

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bures 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 Bures home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bures is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bures 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Bures 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 Bures?

The average water bill Bures residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Bures water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. After you've registered with Anglian 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 Bures bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian 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 Bures?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bures CO8, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Bures Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Bures have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bures

Is water from the tap in Bures safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bures come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bures:

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

How hard is the water in Bures

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 Bures is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Bures is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bures higher than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Bures.

  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.

Bures No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Bures 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 Bures.

If there is no water at your Bures home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Bures.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian 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.

Bures water leak or flooding

Bures water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Bures 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 Bures property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bures taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bures 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 Bures 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 Bures water.

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

Broadband Speed in Bures CO8

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The broadband speed you get at your Bures home is dependant upon several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bures 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?

Bures Average Download Speed Bures Average Upload Speed
59.13 Mbps 19.43 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bures. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bures?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Bures.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Bures is the availability. The majority of homes in Bures can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 Bures?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bures
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, 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 has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bures homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bures.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bures.
    • 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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Bures broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Bures. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal 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 sign up to a internet service in Bures. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Bures Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bures must also be considered, 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 really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bures home is going to be important.

Bures broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Bures broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Bures.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bures have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bures?

The average speed of broadband in Bures is:

Bures Average Download Speed Bures Average Upload Speed
59.13 Mbps 19.43 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bures, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bures home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Bures.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download 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 the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Bures

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bures is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bures, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bures 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. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Bures

Residents of Bures 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 it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Bures home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Bures distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Bures right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bures

The electricity distribution network operator for Bures 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 Bures

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Bures

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Bures, we've found the five closest municipalities to Bures.

Closest five municipalities to Bures
Municipality Distance from Bures
Colchester 6.38 miles
Rayne 7.38 miles
Great Notley 7.38 miles