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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Matching Tye

Are you moving and want to know more about Matching Tye? Our complete guide to utilities in Matching Tye is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Matching Tye water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Matching Tye.

About Matching Tye, Essex

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

Who supplies my water in Matching Tye?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Matching Tye

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Matching Tye water issues.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via 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 Tye

Water bill in Matching Tye

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

Metered Customers in Matching Tye

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Matching Tye 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 Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Matching Tye home.

Unmetered Customers in Matching Tye

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Matching Tye is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Matching Tye water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Matching Tye may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Matching Tye?

The average water bill Matching Tye residents are being charged is £16.67 each month, that's £200 per year.

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How do I pay my Matching Tye water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water. After you've registered 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 Tye bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Tye?

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Matching Tye

Is tap water in Matching Tye safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Matching Tye come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in Matching Tye

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Matching Tye 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Matching Tye.

  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 Tye No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Matching Tye 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 Tye.

If there is no water at your Matching Tye 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 Matching Tye.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Matching Tye water leak or flooding

Matching Tye water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Matching Tye home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Matching Tye property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Affinity Water whether the problem is with clean 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Matching Tye taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Matching Tye water this may be due to 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 infuse the Matching Tye water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Matching Tye water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Affinity Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Matching Tye CM17

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The broadband speed you get at your Matching Tye home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Matching Tye 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 Tye Average Download Speed Matching Tye 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 Tye. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available 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's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Matching Tye?

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 might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Matching Tye.

Availability

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

How can I connect to the internet in Matching Tye?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Matching Tye
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Matching Tye homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Matching Tye.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Matching Tye.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Matching Tye broadband cost

Matching Tye broadband bill

You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Matching Tye. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Matching Tye. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Matching Tye Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Matching Tye must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Matching Tye home is going to be important.

Matching Tye broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Matching Tye broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises 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 Matching Tye.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Matching Tye?

The average broadband speed in Matching Tye is:

Matching Tye Average Download Speed Matching Tye 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 - 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Matching Tye, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Matching Tye house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Matching Tye.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 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 Tye

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Matching Tye is 01806. When making a call to someone in Matching Tye, 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 Tye call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, 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 Matching Tye

People living in Matching Tye can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Matching Tye home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Matching Tye distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Matching Tye 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 responsible for Matching Tye

The electricity distribution network operator for Matching Tye 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 Tye

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors 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 sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Matching Tye

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Matching Tye, we've found the five closest municipalities to Matching Tye.

Closest five municipalities to Matching Tye
Municipality Distance from Matching Tye
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