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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Chafford

If you've moved and have questions about Chafford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Chafford is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Chafford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Chafford.

About Chafford, Essex

Chafford RM16 has a population of 8,351 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Chafford?

Chafford water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Chafford

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Chafford water issues.

Anglian Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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

Below, you can find the principal 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 get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 must 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

Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Chafford

Water bill in Chafford

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

Metered Customers in Chafford

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Chafford 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Chafford home.

Unmetered Customers in Chafford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Chafford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Chafford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Chafford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Chafford 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Chafford 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 Chafford?

The average water bill Chafford residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Chafford water bill?

You will first 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 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 Chafford 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 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 Chafford?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Chafford RM16, 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.

Chafford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Chafford

Is water from the tap in Chafford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Chafford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Chafford:

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

How hard is the water in Chafford

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 in Chafford is over 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Chafford is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Chafford contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very 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.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Chafford No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Chafford home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Chafford.

If there is no water at your Chafford 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 Chafford.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Chafford water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Chafford taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Chafford water this may be due 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 affect it by infusing your Chafford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Chafford water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Chafford RM16

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Chafford home depends on 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
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

Chafford Average Download Speed Chafford Average Upload Speed
82.85 Mbps 15.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Chafford. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Chafford?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just 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, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Chafford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Chafford is the issue of availability. Most homes in Chafford can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Chafford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Chafford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called '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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Chafford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Chafford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Chafford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Chafford broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Chafford. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Chafford. 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 that has affected millions of customers.

Chafford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Chafford must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

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 Chafford home is going to be important.

Chafford broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Chafford broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Chafford.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Chafford?

The average broadband speed in Chafford is:

Chafford Average Download Speed Chafford Average Upload Speed
82.85 Mbps 15.35 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Chafford, 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 Chafford property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Chafford.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Chafford

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Chafford is 01806. If you call someone in Chafford, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Chafford call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Chafford

Residents of Chafford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Chafford home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Chafford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Chafford 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 Chafford

The electricity distribution network operator for Chafford 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 Chafford

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

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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Chafford

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Chafford, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Chafford.

Closest five municipalities to Chafford
Municipality Distance from Chafford
Chadwell St Mary -
Orsett -
South Stifford 0.73 miles
West Thurrock 0.73 miles
Purfleet 1.42 miles