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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Burnham-on-Crouch

If you've moved and have questions about Burnham-on-Crouch? Our complete guide to utilities in Burnham-on-Crouch will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Burnham-on-Crouch water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Burnham-on-Crouch.

About Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 has a population of 6,905 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Burnham-on-Crouch?

Burnham-on-Crouch water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to reach your water providers in Burnham-on-Crouch

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Burnham-on-Crouch 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 contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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 contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact 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 write to 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

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

Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Cost of water in Burnham-on-Crouch

Water bill in Burnham-on-Crouch

Water rates in Burnham-on-Crouch are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Burnham-on-Crouch water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Burnham-on-Crouch water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Burnham-on-Crouch

Customers that have a water meter at their Burnham-on-Crouch 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 Burnham-on-Crouch home.

Unmetered Customers in Burnham-on-Crouch

Customers without a meter at their Burnham-on-Crouch home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Burnham-on-Crouch home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Burnham-on-Crouch is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Burnham-on-Crouch water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Burnham-on-Crouch could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Burnham-on-Crouch?

The average water bill Burnham-on-Crouch residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Annual Water Bill
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Burnham-on-Crouch water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Burnham-on-Crouch bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Burnham-on-Crouch?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Burnham-on-Crouch CM0, 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.

Burnham-on-Crouch Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Burnham-on-Crouch have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Burnham-on-Crouch

Is tap water in Burnham-on-Crouch safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Burnham-on-Crouch. You can rest assured that Burnham-on-Crouch water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Burnham-on-Crouch water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Burnham-on-Crouch water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Burnham-on-Crouch come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Burnham-on-Crouch:

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

Is the water hard in Burnham-on-Crouch

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 Burnham-on-Crouch is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Burnham-on-Crouch is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Burnham-on-Crouch 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. 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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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Burnham-on-Crouch.

  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.

Burnham-on-Crouch No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Burnham-on-Crouch home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Burnham-on-Crouch.

If there is no water at your Burnham-on-Crouch home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Burnham-on-Crouch.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. 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. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Burnham-on-Crouch water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Burnham-on-Crouch property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Burnham-on-Crouch taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Burnham-on-Crouch water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Burnham-on-Crouch water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Burnham-on-Crouch water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Burnham-on-Crouch CM0

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Burnham-on-Crouch home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Burnham-on-Crouch with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Burnham-on-Crouch Average Download Speed Burnham-on-Crouch Average Upload Speed
60.20 Mbps 13.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Burnham-on-Crouch. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Burnham-on-Crouch?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Burnham-on-Crouch.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Burnham-on-Crouch is the issue of availability. Most homes in Burnham-on-Crouch can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Burnham-on-Crouch?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Burnham-on-Crouch
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Burnham-on-Crouch homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Burnham-on-Crouch.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Burnham-on-Crouch.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Burnham-on-Crouch broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Burnham-on-Crouch. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Burnham-on-Crouch. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Burnham-on-Crouch Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Burnham-on-Crouch should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Burnham-on-Crouch home will be an important thing to consider.

Burnham-on-Crouch broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Burnham-on-Crouch internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Burnham-on-Crouch.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Burnham-on-Crouch have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Burnham-on-Crouch?

The average speed of broadband in Burnham-on-Crouch is:

Burnham-on-Crouch Average Download Speed Burnham-on-Crouch Average Upload Speed
60.20 Mbps 13.60 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Burnham-on-Crouch, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Burnham-on-Crouch property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should take for a broadband service in Burnham-on-Crouch.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Burnham-on-Crouch

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Burnham-on-Crouch is 01806. If you call someone in Burnham-on-Crouch, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Burnham-on-Crouch call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone 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.

Electricity and Gas in Burnham-on-Crouch

People living in Burnham-on-Crouch can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Burnham-on-Crouch home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Burnham-on-Crouch distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Burnham-on-Crouch below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Burnham-on-Crouch

The electricity distribution network operator for Burnham-on-Crouch 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 Burnham-on-Crouch

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Burnham-on-Crouch.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Burnham-on-Crouch

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Burnham-on-Crouch, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Burnham-on-Crouch.

Closest five municipalities to Burnham-on-Crouch
Municipality Distance from Burnham-on-Crouch
Asheldham -
Tillingham -
Bradwell -
Southminster -
Maldon 7.07 miles