Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Hadleigh
Are you moving and want to know more about Hadleigh? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Hadleigh will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Hadleigh water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Hadleigh.
About Hadleigh, Suffolk
Hadleigh IP7 has a population of 8,150 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.
Who supplies my water in Hadleigh?
How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Hadleigh
Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water or Anglian Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Hadleigh water problems.
Affinity Water phone numbers
In the table below you will find the 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
In the table below you will find the 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|
Write to Affinity Water or Anglian Water
You can also write to Affinity Water or Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water or Anglian 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|
If you prefer to send a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:
|Anglian Water Address|
|PO Box 4994
If you would like to email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:
|Anglian Water Email Address|
Price of water in Hadleigh
Water rates in Hadleigh depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Hadleigh water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Hadleigh water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Hadleigh
Customers that have a water meter at their Hadleigh 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 or Anglian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Hadleigh home.
Unmetered Customers in Hadleigh
Customers who don't have a meter at their Hadleigh home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Hadleigh home.
Water rates for unmetered customers in Hadleigh is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Hadleigh 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Hadleigh could be cheaper.
Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Hadleigh?
The average water bill Hadleigh residents are billed varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:
|Supplier||Average Water Bill Per Month||Average Water Bill Annually|
Expensive Hadleigh water bills?
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How do I pay my Hadleigh water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water or Anglian Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity Water or Anglian 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
It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Hadleigh bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water or Anglian 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 Hadleigh?
Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hadleigh IP7, your water suppliers are Affinity Water and Anglian 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.
Hadleigh Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Hadleigh have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hadleigh
Is tap water in Hadleigh safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Hadleigh. You can rest assured that Hadleigh water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Hadleigh water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Hadleigh water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Hadleigh come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Hadleigh:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Hadleigh
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 Hadleigh is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Hadleigh is rated as hard water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Hadleigh contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.
Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Hadleigh.
- 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.
Hadleigh No Water
If you have no water in your Hadleigh 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 Hadleigh.
If there is no water at your Hadleigh home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Hadleigh.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Anglian Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water or Anglian Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Hadleigh water leak or flooding
Hadleigh water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Hadleigh home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Hadleigh property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Ring Affinity Water or Anglian Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water or Anglian Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Hadleigh taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Hadleigh water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Hadleigh water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Hadleigh water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Affinity Water or Anglian Water on the contact details above.
Broadband in Hadleigh IP7
The speed of your broadband connection at your Hadleigh home depends on several factors such as:
- Fibre availability
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Placement of your router
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Hadleigh with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Hadleigh Average Download Speed||Hadleigh Average Upload Speed|
|54.73 Mbps||13.67 Mbps|
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Hadleigh. 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.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.
What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Hadleigh?
It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Hadleigh.
The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Hadleigh is the availability. The majority of homes in Hadleigh 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
What kinds of internet connection are available in Hadleigh?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Hadleigh
- There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Hadleigh homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Hadleigh.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Hadleigh?
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Hadleigh broadband cost
You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Hadleigh. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Hadleigh. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Hadleigh Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Hadleigh also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.
The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Hadleigh home will be an important thing to consider.
Hadleigh broadband customer service
Finally, the customer service of your Hadleigh internet connection 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 a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Hadleigh.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Hadleigh have about broadband internet.
Is the internet fast in Hadleigh?
The average speed of broadband in Hadleigh is:
|Hadleigh Average Download Speed||Hadleigh Average Upload Speed|
|54.73 Mbps||13.67 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.
- ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Hadleigh, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Hadleigh home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
How fast internet should my internet be?
That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Hadleigh.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Broadband Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Up to 5 devices||AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the telephone dialling code of Hadleigh
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Hadleigh is 01806. If you call someone in Hadleigh, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01806 Hadleigh call cost?
If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls 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, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Hadleigh
Residents in Hadleigh are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.
We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Hadleigh home to the gas and electricity networks.
In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Hadleigh distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hadleigh below.
You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Hadleigh
The electricity distribution network operator for Hadleigh 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 Hadleigh
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Hadleigh.
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 tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 currently being built.
Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Hadleigh
You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Hadleigh, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Hadleigh.