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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Chingford

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

About Chingford, Essex

Chingford E4 has a population of 66,211 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Chingford?

Chingford water services are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Chingford

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Chingford water issues.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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
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Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

If you would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Chingford

Water bill in Chingford

Water rates in Chingford are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Chingford water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Chingford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Chingford

Customers with a water meter at their Chingford house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Chingford home.

Unmetered Customers in Chingford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Chingford home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Chingford home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Chingford is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Chingford 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, having a water meter installed at your Chingford might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Chingford?

The average water bill Chingford residents are billed is £19.33 per month, which is £232 a year.

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How do I pay my Chingford water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Thames 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 Chingford 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. As soon as you've set up your 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 Chingford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Chingford E4, your water supplier is 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.

Chingford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Chingford

Is tap water in Chingford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Chingford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Chingford:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Chingford

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 Chingford is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Chingford is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Chingford contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Chingford.

  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.

Chingford No Water

If you have no water in your Chingford home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Chingford.

If there is no water at your Chingford home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Chingford.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Chingford water leak or flooding

Chingford water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Chingford home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Chingford property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Chingford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Chingford water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Chingford 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 Chingford water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Chingford E4

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Chingford home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Chingford 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?

Chingford Average Download Speed Chingford Average Upload Speed
82.90 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Chingford. 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 UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Chingford.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Chingford is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Chingford should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Chingford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Chingford
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Chingford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Chingford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Chingford.
    • 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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Chingford broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Chingford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Chingford. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Chingford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Chingford should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Chingford home is going to be important.

Chingford broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Chingford internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Chingford.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Chingford ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Chingford?

The average broadband speed in Chingford is:

Chingford Average Download Speed Chingford Average Upload Speed
82.90 Mbps 11.60 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Chingford, 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 Chingford home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend 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 take when signing up for broadband in Chingford.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices 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
Over 5 devices 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 travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Chingford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Chingford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Chingford, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Chingford call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Chingford

Residents in Chingford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Chingford home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Chingford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Chingford in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Chingford

The electricity distribution network operator for Chingford is UK Power Networks - London. You can find the UK Power Networks - London contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - London 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 Chingford

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount 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 the UK's electricity came from 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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Chingford

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Chingford, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Chingford.

Closest five municipalities to Chingford
Municipality Distance from Chingford
Highams Park 0.01 miles
Buckhurst Hill 1.74 miles
Woodford Bridge 2.06 miles
Woodford Green 2.06 miles
Edmonton 2.31 miles