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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Debden

If you've moved and have questions about Debden? Our utilities guide to Debden will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Debden water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Debden.

About Debden, Essex

Debden CB11 has a population of 328 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Debden?

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

How to reach your water provider in Debden

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Debden water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water telephone number Affinity Water Emergency telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Affinity Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Debden

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Water rates in Debden depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Debden water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Debden water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Debden

Customers that have a water meter at their Debden house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Debden home.

Unmetered Customers in Debden

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Debden is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Debden water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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 Debden 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 Debden?

The average water bill Debden residents are charged is £16.67 per month, which is £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Debden water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Debden bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Debden?

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

Debden Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Debden have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Debden

Is water from the tap in Debden safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Debden come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Debden:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Debden

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 Debden is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Debden is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Debden contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Debden No Water

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

If there is no water at your Debden home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Debden.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Debden water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Affinity Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your 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 Debden taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Debden water this may be due to 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 Debden water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Debden water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Debden CB11

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The broadband speed you get at your Debden home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Debden Average Download Speed Debden 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 Debden. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Debden?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Debden.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Debden is the availability. Most homes in Debden should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years 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 are the different types of connection in Debden?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Debden
    • Fibre broadband is split 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 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Debden homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Debden.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Debden.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Debden broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Debden. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in Debden. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Debden Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Debden should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Debden home will be an important thing to consider.

Debden broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Debden broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Debden.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Debden have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Debden?

The average internet speed in Debden is:

Debden Average Download Speed Debden 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Debden, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Debden home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Debden.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, 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 Debden

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Debden is 01806. If you call someone in Debden, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Debden call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Debden

Residents in Debden are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Debden distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Debden right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Debden

The electricity distribution network operator for Debden 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 Debden

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was 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 other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Debden

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