Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cranham
Are you moving and want to know more about Cranham? Our utilities guide to Cranham is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cranham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cranham.
About Cranham, Essex
Cranham RM14 has a population of 231,424 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.
Who supplies my water in Cranham?
Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Cranham
Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Cranham water issues.
Anglian Water telephone numbers
Below, you can find the principal telephone 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|
Moving to Cranham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Essex & Suffolk Water telephone numbers
Below, you can find the principal telephone 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
Additionally, you can communicate 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.
If you prefer to send a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:
|Anglian Water Address|
|PO Box 4994
If you want to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:
|Anglian Water Email Address|
Essex & Suffolk Water
If you prefer to send 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
If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you can use the email address below:
|Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address|
Price of water in Cranham
Water rates in Cranham are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Cranham water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Cranham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Cranham
Customers that have a water meter at their Cranham home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. 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 Cranham home.
Unmetered Customers in Cranham
Customers who don't have a meter at their Cranham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Cranham home.
Water rates for unmetered customers in Cranham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Cranham 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Cranham could be 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 Cranham?
The average water bill Cranham residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Monthly||Average Water Bill Annually|
|Essex & Suffolk Water||£20.50||£246|
Expensive Cranham water bills?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.
How do I pay my Cranham water bill?
First, you must sign up and 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 Cranham bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Cranham?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cranham RM14, 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.
Cranham Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Cranham have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cranham
Is tap water in Cranham safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Cranham. You can rest assured that Cranham water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Cranham 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 Cranham water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Cranham come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Cranham:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Cranham
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 Cranham is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Cranham is rated as very hard water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Cranham 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.
You should add a water softener to the water in Cranham.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Cranham No Water
If you don't have any running water in your Cranham 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 Cranham.
If there is no water at your Cranham home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Cranham.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. You can also try the following:
- Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
- 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.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Cranham water leak or flooding
Cranham water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Cranham 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 Cranham property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Cranham taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Cranham water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Cranham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cranham water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.
Broadband in Cranham RM14
The speed of your broadband connection at your Cranham home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Placement of your router
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Which provider you have
Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Cranham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Cranham Average Download Speed||Cranham Average Upload Speed|
|74.28 Mbps||15.08 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Cranham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Cranham. 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 UK households.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.
Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Cranham?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Cranham.
The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Cranham is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Cranham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.
However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the 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 Cranham?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cranham
- 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Cranham homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Cranham.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Cranham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Cranham broadband price
You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Cranham. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Cranham. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Cranham Broadband Reliability
The reliability of broadband in Cranham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.
When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cranham home is going to be important.
Cranham broadband customer support
Our final tip, the customer support of your Cranham broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Cranham.
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Cranham have about broadband internet.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
What's the average broadband speed in Cranham?
The average speed of broadband in Cranham is:
|Cranham Average Download Speed||Cranham Average Upload Speed|
|74.28 Mbps||15.08 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 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 Cranham, 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 Cranham house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
What broadband speed do I need?
That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Cranham.
|Main internet uses||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|
|3-5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||All the above plus 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the telephone dialling code of Cranham
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cranham is 01708. If you're calling somebody in Cranham, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01708 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01708 Cranham call cost?
If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, 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 dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Electricity and Gas in Cranham
Residents of Cranham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of 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 Cranham home to the gas and electricity networks.
Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Cranham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Cranham below.
You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Cranham
The electricity distribution network operator for Cranham 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|
|Address||237 Southwark Bridge Road
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Cranham?
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Power Generation near Cranham
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Cranham.
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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy produced 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 Close By Cranham
You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Cranham, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Cranham.