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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Little Thurlow

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

About Little Thurlow, Essex

Little Thurlow CB9 has a population of 249 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Little Thurlow?

Little Thurlow water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Little Thurlow

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is one of many options to deal with your Little Thurlow water problems.

Anglian Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone 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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Cambridge Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Cambridge Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Cambridge Water phone number Cambridge Water Emergency phone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

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
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

Cambridge Water

If you prefer to send a letter to Cambridge Water can do so by writing to the Cambridge Water address below:

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG

Price of water in Little Thurlow

Water bill in Little Thurlow

Water rates in Little Thurlow will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Little Thurlow water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Little Thurlow water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Little Thurlow

Customers that have a water meter at their Little Thurlow 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 Cambridge Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Little Thurlow home.

Unmetered Customers in Little Thurlow

Customers without a meter at their Little Thurlow home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Little Thurlow home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Little Thurlow will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Little Thurlow 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Little Thurlow may save you money.

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 Little Thurlow?

The average water bill Little Thurlow residents are billed will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148
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How do I pay my Little Thurlow water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Cambridge 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 Little Thurlow bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian Water or Cambridge 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 Little Thurlow?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Little Thurlow CB9, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge 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.

Little Thurlow Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Little Thurlow have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Little Thurlow

Is tap water in Little Thurlow safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Little Thurlow. You can rest assured that Little Thurlow water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Little Thurlow 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 Little Thurlow water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Little Thurlow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Little Thurlow:

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

How hard is the water in Little Thurlow

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 Little Thurlow is more than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Little Thurlow is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Little Thurlow 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Little Thurlow.

  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.

Little Thurlow No Water

If you have no water in your Little Thurlow 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 Little Thurlow.

If there is no water at your Little Thurlow home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Little Thurlow.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Cambridge Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Little Thurlow water leak or flooding

Little Thurlow water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Little Thurlow 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 Little Thurlow property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Anglian Water or Cambridge Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Little Thurlow taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Little Thurlow water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Little Thurlow water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Little Thurlow 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 Cambridge Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Little Thurlow CB9

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The speed of your internet connection at your Little Thurlow home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Little Thurlow 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?

Little Thurlow Average Download Speed Little Thurlow Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Little Thurlow. 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 households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Little Thurlow?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Little Thurlow.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Little Thurlow is what's available. Whilst many homes in Little Thurlow should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Little Thurlow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Little Thurlow
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Little Thurlow homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Little Thurlow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Little Thurlow.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Little Thurlow broadband price

Little Thurlow broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Little Thurlow. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer 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 sign up to a internet service in Little Thurlow. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Little Thurlow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Little Thurlow 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 stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Little Thurlow home will be an important thing to consider.

Little Thurlow broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Little Thurlow broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Little Thurlow.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Little Thurlow have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Little Thurlow?

The average broadband speed in Little Thurlow is:

Little Thurlow Average Download Speed Little Thurlow Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps

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

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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Little Thurlow, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Little Thurlow house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Little Thurlow.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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 the above, plus 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 Little Thurlow

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Little Thurlow is 01806. When making a call to someone in Little Thurlow, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Little Thurlow call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably 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 don't know 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'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 Little Thurlow

People living in Little Thurlow can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Little Thurlow home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Little Thurlow distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Little Thurlow right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Little Thurlow

The electricity distribution network operator for Little Thurlow 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 Little Thurlow

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Little Thurlow

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Little Thurlow, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Little Thurlow.

Closest five municipalities to Little Thurlow
Municipality Distance from Little Thurlow
Sturmer 0.01 miles
Steeple Bumpstead 0.01 miles
Little Wratting 0.01 miles
Little Bradley 0.01 miles
Kedington 0.01 miles