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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Crownhill

If you just moved and have some questions about Crownhill? Our complete guide to utilities in Crownhill will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Crownhill water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Crownhill.

About Crownhill, Buckinghamshire

Crownhill MK5 is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Crownhill?

Crownhill water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Crownhill

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is one of many options to discuss your Crownhill water problems.

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

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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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Write to Anglian Water

You can also write to Anglian Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Price of water in Crownhill

Water bill in Crownhill

Water rates in Crownhill are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Crownhill water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Crownhill water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Crownhill

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Crownhill home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Crownhill home.

Unmetered Customers in Crownhill

Customers without a meter at their Crownhill home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Crownhill home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Crownhill is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Crownhill water rates would 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 have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Crownhill might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Crownhill?

The average water bill Crownhill residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Crownhill water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you've registered with Anglian 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Crownhill bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian 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 Crownhill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Crownhill MK5, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Crownhill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Crownhill

Is tap water in Crownhill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Crownhill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Crownhill:

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

How hard is the water in Crownhill

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 Crownhill is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Crownhill is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Crownhill 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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

  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.

Crownhill No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Crownhill 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 Crownhill.

If there is no water at your Crownhill home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Crownhill.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Crownhill water leak or flooding

Crownhill water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Crownhill home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Crownhill property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Anglian Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Crownhill taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Crownhill water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Crownhill water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Crownhill MK5

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The broadband speed you get at your Crownhill home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Crownhill 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?

Crownhill Average Download Speed Crownhill Average Upload Speed
102.70 Mbps 41.30 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Crownhill. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Crownhill?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Crownhill.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Crownhill is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Crownhill should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Crownhill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Crownhill
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Crownhill homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Crownhill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Crownhill.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Crownhill broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Crownhill. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Crownhill. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Crownhill Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Crownhill should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Crownhill home will be an important thing to consider.

Crownhill broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Crownhill internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Crownhill.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Crownhill have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Crownhill?

The average speed of broadband in Crownhill is:

Crownhill Average Download Speed Crownhill Average Upload Speed
102.70 Mbps 41.30 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Crownhill, it's then connected to your house 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 Crownhill house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Crownhill.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Crownhill

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Crownhill is 01806. When making a call to someone in Crownhill, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Crownhill call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional 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 making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Crownhill

Residents of Crownhill can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Crownhill distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Crownhill in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Crownhill

The electricity distribution network operator for Crownhill is Western Power Distribution - East Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - East Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - East Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 678 3105
Email wpdnewsuppliesmids@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton

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 Crownhill

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Crownhill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Crownhill, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Crownhill.