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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Frinton-on-Sea

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

About Frinton-on-Sea, Essex

Frinton-on-Sea CO13 has a population of 4,687 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Frinton-on-Sea?

Frinton-on-Sea water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water:

How to reach your water provider in Frinton-on-Sea

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Frinton-on-Sea water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water phone number Affinity Water Emergency phone 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 get in touch with Affinity Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 Frinton-on-Sea

Water bill in Frinton-on-Sea

Water rates in Frinton-on-Sea depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Frinton-on-Sea water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Frinton-on-Sea water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Frinton-on-Sea

Customers with a water meter at their Frinton-on-Sea 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 Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Frinton-on-Sea home.

Unmetered Customers in Frinton-on-Sea

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Frinton-on-Sea is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Frinton-on-Sea water rates would 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 Frinton-on-Sea could be cheaper.

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 Frinton-on-Sea?

The average water bill Frinton-on-Sea residents are billed is £16.67 per month, which is £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Frinton-on-Sea water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Frinton-on-Sea bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Frinton-on-Sea?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Frinton-on-Sea CO13, 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.

Frinton-on-Sea Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Frinton-on-Sea have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Frinton-on-Sea

Is the tap water in Frinton-on-Sea safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Frinton-on-Sea. You can rest assured that Frinton-on-Sea water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Frinton-on-Sea come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Frinton-on-Sea:

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

Is the water hard in Frinton-on-Sea

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 rating for water hardness in Frinton-on-Sea is over 201ppm, this means the water in Frinton-on-Sea is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Frinton-on-Sea contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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 Frinton-on-Sea.

  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.

Frinton-on-Sea No Water

If you have no water in your Frinton-on-Sea home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Frinton-on-Sea.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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.

Frinton-on-Sea water leak or flooding

Frinton-on-Sea water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Frinton-on-Sea water this could be because of 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 Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea water.

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

Broadband Speed in Frinton-on-Sea CO13

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Frinton-on-Sea home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Frinton-on-Sea 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?

Frinton-on-Sea Average Download Speed Frinton-on-Sea Average Upload Speed
46.60 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Frinton-on-Sea. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Frinton-on-Sea?

In 2022, the internet is about 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 to think about when choosing an internet provider in Frinton-on-Sea.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Frinton-on-Sea is the availability. Whilst many homes in Frinton-on-Sea can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area 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 Frinton-on-Sea?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Frinton-on-Sea
    • 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 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 Frinton-on-Sea homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Frinton-on-Sea.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Frinton-on-Sea.
    • 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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Frinton-on-Sea broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Frinton-on-Sea. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Frinton-on-Sea. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Frinton-on-Sea Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Frinton-on-Sea must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Frinton-on-Sea home will be an important thing to consider.

Frinton-on-Sea broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Frinton-on-Sea broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Frinton-on-Sea.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Frinton-on-Sea ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Frinton-on-Sea?

The average broadband speed in Frinton-on-Sea is:

Frinton-on-Sea Average Download Speed Frinton-on-Sea Average Upload Speed
46.60 Mbps 10.60 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 reduces as you get further away 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 Frinton-on-Sea, it's then connected to your house 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 Frinton-on-Sea house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend 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 signing up for broadband in Frinton-on-Sea.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Frinton-on-Sea

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Frinton-on-Sea is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Frinton-on-Sea, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Frinton-on-Sea call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should 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 inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Frinton-on-Sea

Residents of Frinton-on-Sea 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 network operator for the region.

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

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Frinton-on-Sea

The electricity distribution network operator for Frinton-on-Sea 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 Frinton-on-Sea

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Frinton-on-Sea.

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

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, 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 Frinton-on-Sea

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Frinton-on-Sea, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Frinton-on-Sea.

Closest five municipalities to Frinton-on-Sea
Municipality Distance from Frinton-on-Sea
Harwich 5.98 miles
Clacton-on-Sea 7 miles
Felixstowe 8.84 miles
Trimley St. Martin 8.84 miles