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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Elmdon

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

About Elmdon, Essex

Elmdon CB11 has a population of 289 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Elmdon?

Elmdon water services are supplied by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water:

How to reach your water provider in Elmdon

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Elmdon water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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 write to Affinity Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Price of water in Elmdon

Water bill in Elmdon

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

Metered Customers in Elmdon

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

Unmetered Customers in Elmdon

Customers who don't have a meter at their Elmdon home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Elmdon home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Elmdon will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Elmdon water rates will have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Elmdon could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Elmdon?

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

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How do I pay my Elmdon water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Elmdon bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity 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 Elmdon?

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

Elmdon Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Elmdon have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Elmdon

Is the tap water in Elmdon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Elmdon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Elmdon:

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

Is the water hard in Elmdon

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 rating in Elmdon is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Elmdon is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Elmdon contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Elmdon.

  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.

Elmdon No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Elmdon home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Elmdon.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on 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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Elmdon water leak or flooding

Elmdon water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Elmdon home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Elmdon property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Affinity Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Elmdon taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Elmdon 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 infuse the Elmdon 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 Elmdon water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Affinity Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Elmdon CB11

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The speed of your internet connection at your Elmdon home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Elmdon with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Elmdon Average Download Speed Elmdon Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Elmdon. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Elmdon.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Elmdon is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Elmdon can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Elmdon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Elmdon
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Elmdon homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Elmdon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Elmdon.
    • 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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Elmdon broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Elmdon. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Elmdon. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Elmdon Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Elmdon should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Elmdon home is going to be important.

Elmdon broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Elmdon internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Elmdon.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Elmdon have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Elmdon?

The average internet speed in Elmdon is:

Elmdon Average Download Speed Elmdon 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, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Elmdon, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Elmdon house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Elmdon.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Elmdon

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Elmdon is 01763. If you're calling somebody in Elmdon, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01763 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01763 Elmdon call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Elmdon

Residents in Elmdon are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Elmdon home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Elmdon distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Elmdon below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Elmdon

The electricity distribution network operator for Elmdon 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 Elmdon

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Elmdon

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Elmdon, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Elmdon.