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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Leigh-on-Sea

Are you moving and want to know more about Leigh-on-Sea? Our utilities guide to Leigh-on-Sea is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Leigh-on-Sea water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Leigh-on-Sea.

About Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Leigh-on-Sea SS9 has a population of 22,509 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Leigh-on-Sea?

Leigh-on-Sea water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Leigh-on-Sea

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Leigh-on-Sea water issues.

Anglian Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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 phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact 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

You can also write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

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
BN11 9AL

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

Anglian Water Email Address

Essex & Suffolk Water

Customer that want to post 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

If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address

Cost of water in Leigh-on-Sea

Water bill in Leigh-on-Sea

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

Metered Customers in Leigh-on-Sea

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Leigh-on-Sea property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Leigh-on-Sea home.

Unmetered Customers in Leigh-on-Sea

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Leigh-on-Sea will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Leigh-on-Sea 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 you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Leigh-on-Sea may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Leigh-on-Sea?

The average water bill Leigh-on-Sea residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Leigh-on-Sea 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 offered a choice of payment options 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 Leigh-on-Sea bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Leigh-on-Sea?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Leigh-on-Sea SS9, 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.

Leigh-on-Sea Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Leigh-on-Sea

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

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Leigh-on-Sea. You can rest assured that Leigh-on-Sea water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Leigh-on-Sea 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 Leigh-on-Sea water to make it drinkable.

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

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

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

How hard is the water in Leigh-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 water hardness rating in Leigh-on-Sea is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Leigh-on-Sea is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Leigh-on-Sea contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Leigh-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.

Leigh-on-Sea No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Leigh-on-Sea 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 Leigh-on-Sea.

If there is no water at your Leigh-on-Sea home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Leigh-on-Sea.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Leigh-on-Sea water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Leigh-on-Sea taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Leigh-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 infuse the Leigh-on-Sea water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Leigh-on-Sea water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Leigh-on-Sea SS9

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Leigh-on-Sea home depends 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 your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Leigh-on-Sea with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Leigh-on-Sea Average Download Speed Leigh-on-Sea Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 14.88 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Leigh-on-Sea. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Leigh-on-Sea?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Leigh-on-Sea.


The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Leigh-on-Sea is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Leigh-on-Sea should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Leigh-on-Sea?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Leigh-on-Sea
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as '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 older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Leigh-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 Leigh-on-Sea.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Leigh-on-Sea.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Leigh-on-Sea broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Leigh-on-Sea. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Leigh-on-Sea. 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.

Leigh-on-Sea Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Leigh-on-Sea also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Leigh-on-Sea home is going to be important.

Leigh-on-Sea broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Leigh-on-Sea internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Leigh-on-Sea.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Leigh-on-Sea have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Leigh-on-Sea?

The average internet speed in Leigh-on-Sea is:

Leigh-on-Sea Average Download Speed Leigh-on-Sea Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 14.88 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Leigh-on-Sea, 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 Leigh-on-Sea home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Leigh-on-Sea.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Leigh-on-Sea

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Leigh-on-Sea is 01806. If you call someone in Leigh-on-Sea, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

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

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included with 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 are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Leigh-on-Sea

People living in Leigh-on-Sea can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Leigh-on-Sea home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Leigh-on-Sea distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Leigh-on-Sea right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Leigh-on-Sea

The electricity distribution network operator for Leigh-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

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 Leigh-on-Sea

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Leigh-on-Sea

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Leigh-on-Sea, we've found the five closest municipalities to Leigh-on-Sea.

Closest five municipalities to Leigh-on-Sea
Municipality Distance from Leigh-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea 1.14 miles
Westcliff-on-Sea 1.14 miles
Canvey Island 3.01 miles
Rayleigh 3.54 miles
Rochford 3.85 miles