A Complete Guide to Utilities in Enfield Wash

Are you moving and want to know more about Enfield Wash? Our complete guide to utilities in Enfield Wash will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Enfield Wash water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Enfield Wash.

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About Enfield Wash, Greater London

Enfield Wash EN3 is located in the county of Greater London. Greater London has a population of 9,002,488 people.

Who supplies my water in Enfield Wash?

Enfield Wash water services are provided by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Enfield Wash

Ringing a contact number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Enfield Wash water problems.

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

Thames Water phone number Thames Water Emergency phone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Thames Water can do so by writing to the Thames Water address below:

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

If you would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Enfield Wash

Water bill in Enfield Wash

Water rates in Enfield Wash depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Enfield Wash water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Enfield Wash water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Enfield Wash

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

Unmetered Customers in Enfield Wash

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Enfield Wash home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Enfield Wash home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Enfield Wash is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Enfield Wash 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Enfield Wash may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Enfield Wash?

The average water bill Enfield Wash residents are being charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 a year.

How do I pay my Enfield Wash water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Thames 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Enfield Wash 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. After you've set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Enfield Wash?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Enfield Wash EN3, your water supplier is Thames 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.

Enfield Wash Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Enfield Wash

Is tap water in Enfield Wash safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Enfield Wash come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Enfield Wash:

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

How hard is the water in Enfield Wash

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 Enfield Wash is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Enfield Wash is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Enfield Wash 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

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Enfield Wash.

  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.

Enfield Wash No Water

If you have no water in your Enfield Wash home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Enfield Wash.

If there is no water at your Enfield Wash home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Enfield Wash.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Enfield Wash water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Thames 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 Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Enfield Wash taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Enfield Wash water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Enfield Wash water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Enfield Wash water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Thames Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband in Enfield Wash EN3

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Enfield Wash home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Enfield Wash with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Enfield Wash Average Download Speed Enfield Wash Average Upload Speed
90.25 Mbps 15.15 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Enfield Wash. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Enfield Wash?

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. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Enfield Wash.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Enfield Wash is the availability. Whilst many homes in Enfield Wash 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.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Enfield Wash?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Enfield Wash
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds 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.
    • Available to 99.9% of Enfield Wash homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Enfield Wash.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Enfield Wash.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Enfield Wash broadband cost

Enfield Wash broadband bill

You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Enfield Wash. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Enfield Wash. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Enfield Wash Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Enfield Wash must 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 do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Enfield Wash home will be an important thing to consider.

Enfield Wash broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Enfield Wash broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Enfield Wash.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Enfield Wash have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Enfield Wash?

The average broadband speed in Enfield Wash is:

Enfield Wash Average Download Speed Enfield Wash Average Upload Speed
90.25 Mbps 15.15 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 a green box on your street in Enfield Wash, from which it is connected to your property 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 Enfield Wash home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Enfield Wash.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Enfield Wash

Corded telephone area code Enfield Wash

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Enfield Wash is 020. If you call someone in Enfield Wash, and you are in a different area, you must add 020 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 020 Enfield Wash call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Enfield Wash

Residents of Enfield Wash are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Enfield Wash distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Enfield Wash right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Enfield Wash

The electricity distribution network operator for Enfield Wash 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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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

Power Generation near Enfield Wash

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Enfield Wash

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Enfield Wash, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Enfield Wash.

Closest five municipalities to Enfield Wash
Municipality Distance from Enfield Wash
Enfield Lock -
Enfield Island Village -
Enfield Highway -
Waltham Cross 0.65 miles