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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Doddinghurst

Are you moving and want to know more about Doddinghurst? Our complete guide to utilities in Doddinghurst will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Doddinghurst water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Doddinghurst.

About Doddinghurst, Essex

Doddinghurst CM15 has a population of 4,435 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Doddinghurst?

Doddinghurst water services are provided by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water, Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Doddinghurst

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Doddinghurst water account.

Affinity Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone 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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Anglian Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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

Essex & Suffolk Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency telephone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, Anglian Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or is one of many contact methods to discuss your Doddinghurst water account.

Write to Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Affinity Water

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

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write 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 should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write 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
DH1 5FJ
Durham

Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Water rates in Doddinghurst

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

Metered Customers in Doddinghurst

Customers with a water meter at their Doddinghurst property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Doddinghurst home.

Unmetered Customers in Doddinghurst

Customers without a meter at their Doddinghurst 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 Doddinghurst home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Doddinghurst is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Doddinghurst 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Doddinghurst may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Doddinghurst?

The average water bill Doddinghurst residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Doddinghurst water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk 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 Doddinghurst bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, 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 Doddinghurst?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Doddinghurst CM15, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, 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.

Doddinghurst Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Doddinghurst

Is water from the tap in Doddinghurst safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Doddinghurst. You can rest assured that Doddinghurst water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Doddinghurst water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Doddinghurst water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Doddinghurst come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Doddinghurst:

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

How hard is the water in Doddinghurst

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Doddinghurst contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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

  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.

Doddinghurst No Water

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

If there is no water at your Doddinghurst 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 Doddinghurst.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Doddinghurst water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean 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, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Doddinghurst taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Doddinghurst 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 affect it by infusing your Doddinghurst water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Doddinghurst water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Doddinghurst CM15

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The speed of your internet connection at your Doddinghurst home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Doddinghurst 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?

Doddinghurst Average Download Speed Doddinghurst Average Upload Speed
60.40 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Doddinghurst. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Doddinghurst?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Doddinghurst.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Doddinghurst is the availability. Most homes in Doddinghurst should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Doddinghurst?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Doddinghurst
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Doddinghurst homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Doddinghurst.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Doddinghurst.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Doddinghurst broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Doddinghurst. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Doddinghurst. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Doddinghurst Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Doddinghurst must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Doddinghurst home is something to think about.

Doddinghurst broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Doddinghurst broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 Doddinghurst.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Doddinghurst ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Doddinghurst?

The average speed of broadband in Doddinghurst is:

Doddinghurst Average Download Speed Doddinghurst Average Upload Speed
60.40 Mbps 16.90 Mbps

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

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 is fibre broadband that is 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 Doddinghurst, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Doddinghurst house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Doddinghurst.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Doddinghurst

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Doddinghurst is 01806. If you call someone in Doddinghurst, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Doddinghurst call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional 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.

Gas and Electricity in Doddinghurst

People living in Doddinghurst are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Doddinghurst home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Doddinghurst distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Doddinghurst right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Doddinghurst

The electricity distribution network operator for Doddinghurst 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

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 Doddinghurst

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Doddinghurst

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

Closest five municipalities to Doddinghurst
Municipality Distance from Doddinghurst
Stondon Massey -
Kelvedon Hatch -
Mountnessing -