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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Matching Green

Are you moving and want to know more about Matching Green? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Matching Green will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Matching Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Matching Green.

About Matching Green, Essex

Matching Green CM17 has a population of 335 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Matching Green?

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

How to reach your water provider in Matching Green

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Matching Green water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Matching Green

Water bill in Matching Green

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

Metered Customers in Matching Green

Customers with a water meter at their Matching Green house will pay an annual fixed 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 Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Matching Green

Customers who don't have a meter at their Matching Green home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Matching Green home.

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

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

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How do I pay my Matching Green water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Matching Green 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. As soon as you've 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 Matching Green?

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Matching Green

Is tap water in Matching Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Matching Green come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in Matching 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 Matching Green is over 201ppm, this means the water in Matching Green is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Matching Green contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Matching 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.

Matching Green No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Matching Green home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Matching Green.

If there is no water at your Matching Green home, is the problem 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 Green.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Matching Green water leak or flooding

Matching Green water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Matching Green home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Matching Green 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 can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Matching Green taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Matching Green 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 Matching Green water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Matching Green water.

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

Broadband Speed in Matching Green CM17

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Matching Green 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 Green Average Download Speed Matching Green Average Upload Speed
64.37 Mbps 17.93 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Matching 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 UK households.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Matching Green?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Matching Green.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Matching Green is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Matching Green should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Matching Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Matching Green
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Matching Green homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Matching Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Matching Green.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Matching Green broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Matching Green. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Matching Green. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Matching Green Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Matching Green must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Matching Green home will be an important thing to consider.

Matching Green broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Matching Green broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Matching Green.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Matching Green ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Matching Green?

The average internet speed in Matching Green is:

Matching Green Average Download Speed Matching Green Average Upload Speed
64.37 Mbps 17.93 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Matching Green, 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 Green home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when getting connected in Matching Green.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 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
Over 5 devices 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Matching Green

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Matching Green is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Matching Green, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Matching Green call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Matching Green

Residents in Matching Green can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Matching Green home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Matching Green distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Matching Green right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Matching Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Matching 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

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 Matching Green

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Matching Green

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Matching Green, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Matching Green.

Closest five municipalities to Matching Green
Municipality Distance from Matching Green
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