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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Matching

If you've moved and have questions about Matching? Our complete guide to utilities in Matching will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Matching water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Matching.

About Matching, Essex

Matching CM17 has a population of 661 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Matching?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Matching

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Matching water problems.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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 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.

Customer that want to post 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 Matching

Water bill in Matching

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

Metered Customers in Matching

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

Unmetered Customers in Matching

Customers without a meter at their Matching 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 Matching home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Matching is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Matching 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Matching 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 Matching?

The average water bill Matching residents are billed is £16.67 each month, that's £200 annually.

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How do I pay my Matching water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity 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 Matching bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Matching?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Matching CM17, 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.

Matching Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Matching

Is water from the tap in Matching safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Matching come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Matching:

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

How hard is the water in Matching

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 Matching is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Matching is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Matching contains a higher amount 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Matching.

  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.

Matching No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Matching 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 Matching.

If there is no water at your Matching 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 Matching.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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.

Matching water leak or flooding

Matching water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Matching 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 Matching property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Affinity Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Matching taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Matching water this could be because of 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 affect it by infusing your Matching water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Matching water.

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

Broadband in Matching CM17

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Matching 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?

Matching Average Download Speed Matching Average Upload Speed
64.37 Mbps 17.93 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Matching. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Matching?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Matching.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Matching is what's available. Whilst many homes in Matching should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 Matching?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Matching
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Matching homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Matching.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Matching.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Matching broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Matching. 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 when you sign up for a internet service in Matching. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Matching Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Matching must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Matching home will be an important thing to consider.

Matching broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Matching broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Matching.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Matching have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Matching?

The average internet speed in Matching is:

Matching Average Download Speed Matching Average Upload Speed
64.37 Mbps 17.93 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 a green box on your street in Matching, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Matching home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Matching.

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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Matching

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Matching is 01806. When making a call to someone in Matching, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Matching call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to 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 are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Matching

Residents of Matching can 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Matching home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Matching distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Matching 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 Matching

The electricity distribution network operator for Matching 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 Matching

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, 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 Matching

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Matching, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Matching.

Closest five municipalities to Matching
Municipality Distance from Matching
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