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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Halstead

If you just moved and have some questions about Halstead? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Halstead will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Halstead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Halstead.

About Halstead, Essex

Halstead CO9 has a population of 11,906 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Halstead?

Halstead water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water:

How to reach your water provider in Halstead

Ringing a contact number for Anglian Water is one of many options to talk about your Halstead water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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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Write to Anglian Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

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

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Price of water in Halstead

Water bill in Halstead

Water rates in Halstead will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Halstead water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Halstead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Halstead

Customers with a water meter at their Halstead 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 Anglian Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Halstead home.

Unmetered Customers in Halstead

Customers who don't have a meter at their Halstead 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 Halstead home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Halstead is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Halstead 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Halstead 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 Halstead?

The average water bill Halstead residents are charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Halstead water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian 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 Halstead bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian 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 Halstead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Halstead CO9, your water supplier is 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.

Halstead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Halstead

Is tap water in Halstead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Halstead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Halstead:

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

Is the water hard in Halstead

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 Halstead is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Halstead is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Halstead 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Halstead.

  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.

Halstead No Water

If you have no water in your Halstead home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Halstead.

If there is no water at your Halstead home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Halstead.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Anglian 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.

Halstead water leak or flooding

Halstead water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Halstead 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 Halstead property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Halstead taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Halstead water this could be down 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 infuse the Halstead water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Halstead water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Halstead CO9

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Halstead 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?

Halstead Average Download Speed Halstead Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 17.40 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Halstead. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Halstead?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Halstead.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Halstead is what's available. Whilst many homes in Halstead can take advantage of superfast' or fibre 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 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 Halstead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Halstead
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Halstead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Halstead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Halstead.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Halstead broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Halstead. 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 terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Halstead. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Halstead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Halstead 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 do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Halstead home will be an important thing to consider.

Halstead broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Halstead broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Halstead.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Halstead ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Halstead?

The average internet speed in Halstead is:

Halstead Average Download Speed Halstead Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 17.40 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 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 a green box on your street in Halstead, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Halstead property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Halstead.

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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Halstead

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Halstead is 01806. If you call someone in Halstead, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Halstead call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Halstead

Residents of Halstead 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.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Halstead home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Halstead distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Halstead below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Halstead

The electricity distribution network operator for Halstead 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Halstead

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Halstead

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Halstead, we've found the closest five municipalities to Halstead.

Closest five municipalities to Halstead
Municipality Distance from Halstead
Rayne 6.62 miles
Great Notley 6.62 miles
Sudbury 7.03 miles
Bures 7.74 miles