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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Clavering

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

About Clavering, Essex

Clavering CB11 has a population of 882 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Clavering?

Clavering water services are supplied by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Clavering

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is one of many options to talk about your Clavering water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water contact number Affinity Water Emergency contact number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Affinity Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Affinity Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Water rates in Clavering

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Water rates in Clavering will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Clavering water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Clavering water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Clavering

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Clavering 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 Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Clavering home.

Unmetered Customers in Clavering

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Clavering is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Clavering 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Clavering may save you money.

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 Clavering?

The average water bill Clavering residents are billed is £16.67 monthly, which works out at £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Clavering water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity 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 Clavering 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. When you set up your Affinity 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 Clavering?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Clavering CB11, your water supplier is Affinity 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.

Clavering Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Clavering

Is the tap water in Clavering safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Clavering come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Clavering:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Clavering

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 Clavering is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Clavering is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Clavering 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Clavering No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Clavering home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Clavering.

If there is no water at your Clavering home, do you only have 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 Clavering.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Clavering water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Affinity Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Clavering taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Clavering 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 Clavering water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Clavering water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Affinity Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Clavering CB11

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Clavering with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Clavering Average Download Speed Clavering Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Clavering. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Clavering.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Clavering is what's available. Most homes in Clavering can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Clavering?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Clavering
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Clavering homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Clavering.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Clavering.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Clavering broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Clavering. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Clavering. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Clavering Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Clavering should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

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

Clavering broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Clavering broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Clavering.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Clavering have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Clavering?

The average internet speed in Clavering is:

Clavering Average Download Speed Clavering Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Clavering, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Clavering home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

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 for a rough guide to which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Clavering.

Usual Internet habits 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 transmit the data between your 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 dialling code of Clavering

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Clavering is 01806. If you call someone in Clavering, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Clavering call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Clavering

People living in Clavering can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Clavering home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Clavering distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Clavering right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Clavering

The electricity distribution network operator for Clavering 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 Clavering

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Clavering

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Clavering, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Clavering.