A Complete Guide to Utilities in Great Burstead
If you've moved and have questions about Great Burstead? Our utilities guide to Great Burstead will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Great Burstead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Great Burstead.
About Great Burstead, Essex
Great Burstead CM11 has a population of 5,968 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.
Who supplies my water in Great Burstead?
How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Great Burstead
Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Great Burstead water account.
Anglian Water contact numbers
In the table below you will find the contact 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|
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Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers
In the table below you will find the contact 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|
Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.
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
Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:
|Anglian Water Email Address|
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
Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you can use the email address below:
|Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address|
Price of water in Great Burstead
Water rates in Great Burstead depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Great Burstead water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Great Burstead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Great Burstead
Customers that have a water meter at their Great Burstead 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Great Burstead home.
Unmetered Customers in Great Burstead
Customers without a meter at their Great Burstead home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Great Burstead home.
Water rates for unmetered customers in Great Burstead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Great Burstead 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Great Burstead 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 Great Burstead?
The average water bill Great Burstead residents are being charged can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:
|Supplier||Average Monthly Water Bill||Average Annual Water Bill|
|Essex & Suffolk Water||£20.50||£246|
Expensive Great Burstead water bills?
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How do I pay my Great Burstead water bill?
You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Great Burstead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your 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 Great Burstead?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Great Burstead CM11, your water suppliers are 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.
Great Burstead Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Great Burstead have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Great Burstead
Is the tap water in Great Burstead safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Great Burstead. You can rest assured that Great Burstead water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Great Burstead 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 Great Burstead water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Great Burstead come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Great Burstead:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Great Burstead
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 Great Burstead is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Great Burstead is rated as hard water.
What does this mean?
The water being supplied to your home in Great Burstead contains a higher amount 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 your tap water taste may be affected.
We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Great Burstead.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Great Burstead No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Great Burstead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Great Burstead.
If there is no water at your Great Burstead home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Great Burstead.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.
Great Burstead water leak or flooding
Great Burstead water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Great Burstead home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.
If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Great Burstead property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Great Burstead taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Great Burstead water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Great Burstead water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Great Burstead water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water using the contact information above.
Broadband Speed in Great Burstead CM11
The speed of your broadband connection at your Great Burstead home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Location of the router in your home
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Which provider you have
Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Great Burstead with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Great Burstead Average Download Speed||Great Burstead Average Upload Speed|
|65.65 Mbps||14.90 Mbps|
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Great Burstead. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.
The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.
What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Great Burstead?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Great Burstead.
The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Great Burstead is the availability. Most homes in Great Burstead should be able to enjoy 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Great Burstead?
- Fibre broadband
- This is fastest connection that's currently available in Great Burstead
- There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Great Burstead homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Great Burstead.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Great Burstead?
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Great Burstead broadband price
Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Great Burstead. 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 small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Great Burstead. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Great Burstead Broadband Reliability
The reliability of broadband in Great Burstead must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.
The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Great Burstead home is something to think about.
Great Burstead broadband customer service
Lastly, the customer service of your Great Burstead broadband internet is extremely important. 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 a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Great Burstead.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Great Burstead have about broadband internet.
Is the internet fast in Great Burstead?
The average speed of broadband in Great Burstead is:
|Great Burstead Average Download Speed||Great Burstead Average Upload Speed|
|65.65 Mbps||14.90 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Great Burstead, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Great Burstead home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .
How fast internet should my internet be?
That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Great Burstead.
|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|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data 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 Great Burstead
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Great Burstead is 01268. When making a call to someone in Great Burstead, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01268 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01268 Great Burstead call cost?
If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Electricity and Gas in Great Burstead
Residents in Great Burstead are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.
We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Great Burstead home to the gas network and electricity grid.
Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Great Burstead distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Great Burstead below.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Great Burstead
The electricity distribution network operator for Great Burstead 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|
|Address||237 Southwark Bridge Road
There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Great Burstead
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Great Burstead.
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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.
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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Great Burstead
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Great Burstead, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Great Burstead.