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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Littlebury

If you just moved and have some questions about Littlebury? Our complete guide to utilities in Littlebury is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Littlebury water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Littlebury.

About Littlebury, Essex

Littlebury CB11 has a population of 592 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Littlebury?

Littlebury water services are provided by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Littlebury

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water is one of many options to discuss your Littlebury water issues.

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

Affinity Water phone number Affinity Water Emergency phone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Affinity Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity 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
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

Price of water in Littlebury

Water bill in Littlebury

Water rates in Littlebury are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Littlebury water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Littlebury water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Littlebury

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Littlebury home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Littlebury home.

Unmetered Customers in Littlebury

Customers without a meter at their Littlebury home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Littlebury home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Littlebury is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Littlebury water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Littlebury 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 Littlebury?

The average water bill Littlebury residents are billed is £16.67 monthly, which works out at £200 annually.

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How do I pay my Littlebury water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity 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 Littlebury bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity 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 Littlebury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Littlebury CB11, your water supplier is Affinity 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.

Littlebury Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Littlebury

Is the tap water in Littlebury safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Littlebury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Littlebury:

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

Is the water hard in Littlebury

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 Littlebury is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Littlebury is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Littlebury contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Littlebury.

  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.

Littlebury No Water

If you have no water in your Littlebury home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Littlebury.

If there is no water at your Littlebury home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Littlebury.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Littlebury water leak or flooding

Littlebury water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Littlebury home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Littlebury property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Affinity Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Littlebury taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Littlebury water this may be due 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 Littlebury 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 Littlebury water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Affinity Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Littlebury CB11

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Littlebury home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Littlebury with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Littlebury Average Download Speed Littlebury Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Littlebury. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Littlebury?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Littlebury.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Littlebury is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Littlebury should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Littlebury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Littlebury
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Littlebury homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Littlebury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Littlebury.
    • 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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Littlebury broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Littlebury. 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. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Littlebury. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Littlebury Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Littlebury must 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 can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Littlebury home is going to be important.

Littlebury broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Littlebury broadband 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 provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Littlebury.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Littlebury?

The average internet speed in Littlebury is:

Littlebury Average Download Speed Littlebury Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Littlebury, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Littlebury house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

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 choose when signing up for broadband in Littlebury.

Frequent 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so 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 telephone area code for Littlebury

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Littlebury is 01806. If you call someone in Littlebury, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Littlebury call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Littlebury

Residents of Littlebury are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Littlebury distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Littlebury below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Littlebury

The electricity distribution network operator for Littlebury 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Littlebury

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

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%). In addition, a small amount 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Littlebury

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Littlebury, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Littlebury.