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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Littlebury Green

Are you moving and want to know more about Littlebury Green? Our utilities guide to Littlebury Green will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Littlebury Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Littlebury Green.

About Littlebury Green, Essex

Littlebury Green CB11 has a population of 869 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Littlebury Green?

Littlebury Green water services are supplied by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water:

How to reach your water provider in Littlebury Green

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Littlebury Green water account.

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

Affinity Water contact number Affinity Water Emergency contact 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 write to Affinity Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Affinity Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

Cost of water in Littlebury Green

Water bill in Littlebury Green

Water rates in Littlebury Green depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Littlebury Green water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Littlebury Green water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Littlebury Green

Customers with a water meter at their Littlebury Green property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Littlebury Green

Customers without a meter at their Littlebury Green 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 Littlebury Green home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Littlebury Green is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Littlebury Green 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, having a water meter installed at your Littlebury Green might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Littlebury Green?

The average water bill Littlebury Green residents are charged is £16.67 per month, which is £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Littlebury Green water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Littlebury Green bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Affinity Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Littlebury Green?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Littlebury Green 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 Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Littlebury Green have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Littlebury Green

Is tap water in Littlebury Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Littlebury Green come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Littlebury Green:

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

Is the water hard in Littlebury Green

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 rating for water hardness in Littlebury Green is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Littlebury Green is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Littlebury Green contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Littlebury Green.

  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 Green No Water

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

If there is no water at your Littlebury Green home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Littlebury Green.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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, 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.

Littlebury Green water leak or flooding

Littlebury Green water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Littlebury Green home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Littlebury Green property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Affinity Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Littlebury Green taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Littlebury Green 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 impermeate the Littlebury Green water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Littlebury Green water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Littlebury Green CB11

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Littlebury Green with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Littlebury Green Average Download Speed Littlebury Green Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Littlebury Green. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out 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.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Littlebury Green?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Littlebury Green.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Littlebury Green is the availability. Whilst many homes in Littlebury Green can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Littlebury Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Littlebury Green
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Littlebury Green homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Littlebury Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Littlebury Green.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Littlebury Green broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Littlebury Green. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Littlebury Green. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Littlebury Green Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Littlebury Green should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have 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 Littlebury Green home is something to think about.

Littlebury Green broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Littlebury Green internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Littlebury Green.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Littlebury Green ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Littlebury Green?

The average internet speed in Littlebury Green is:

Littlebury Green Average Download Speed Littlebury Green Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Littlebury Green, 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 Littlebury Green property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Littlebury Green.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband 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, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Littlebury Green

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Littlebury Green is 01763. If you call someone in Littlebury Green, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01763 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01763 Littlebury Green call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Littlebury Green

People living in Littlebury Green are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Littlebury Green home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Littlebury Green distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Littlebury Green in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Littlebury Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Littlebury Green 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

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 Littlebury Green

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

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

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Littlebury Green

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Littlebury Green, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Littlebury Green.