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A Complete Guide to Utilities in North Stifford

Are you moving and want to know more about North Stifford? Our complete guide to utilities in North Stifford will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and North Stifford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in North Stifford.

About North Stifford, Essex

North Stifford RM16 has a population of 8,351 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in North Stifford?

North Stifford water services are provided by Anglian Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for North Stifford

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your North Stifford water problems.

Anglian Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact number
0345 791 9155 0345 714 5145
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm,Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm,Bank holidays 10am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

If you want to email Anglian Water, you must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Price of water in North Stifford

Water bill in North Stifford

Water rates in North Stifford will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your North Stifford water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered North Stifford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in North Stifford

Customers that have a water meter at their North Stifford 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your North Stifford home.

Unmetered Customers in North Stifford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their North Stifford home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your North Stifford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in North Stifford is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your North Stifford water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your North Stifford may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in North Stifford?

The average water bill North Stifford residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my North Stifford water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 North Stifford bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in North Stifford?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in North Stifford RM16, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk 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.

North Stifford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in North Stifford

Is the tap water in North Stifford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in North Stifford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply North Stifford:

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

Is the water hard in North Stifford

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 North Stifford is over 276ppm, this means the water in North Stifford is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in North Stifford contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in North Stifford.

  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.

North Stifford No Water

If you don't have any running water in your North Stifford 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 North Stifford.

If there is no water at your North Stifford home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting North Stifford.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

North Stifford water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your North Stifford property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in North Stifford taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your North Stifford water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your North Stifford water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to North Stifford water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in North Stifford RM16

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The speed of your internet connection at your North Stifford home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in North Stifford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

North Stifford Average Download Speed North Stifford Average Upload Speed
82.85 Mbps 15.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in North Stifford. 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 that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in North Stifford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in North Stifford is what's available. The majority of homes in North Stifford can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in North Stifford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in North Stifford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of North Stifford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of North Stifford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in North Stifford.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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North Stifford broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in North Stifford. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in North Stifford. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

North Stifford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in North Stifford must 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 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 which without a reliable broadband connection at your North Stifford home will be an important thing to consider.

North Stifford broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your North Stifford broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in North Stifford.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in North Stifford have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in North Stifford?

The average speed of broadband in North Stifford is:

North Stifford Average Download Speed North Stifford Average Upload Speed
82.85 Mbps 15.35 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 speed will be slower the further away you are 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 a green box on your street in North Stifford, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your North Stifford house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in North Stifford.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in North Stifford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for North Stifford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in North Stifford, 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 North Stifford call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in North Stifford

Residents in North Stifford can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your North Stifford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the North Stifford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for North Stifford 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 for North Stifford

The electricity distribution network operator for North Stifford 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 North Stifford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By North Stifford

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

Closest five municipalities to North Stifford
Municipality Distance from North Stifford
Chadwell St Mary -
Orsett -
South Stifford 0.73 miles
West Thurrock 0.73 miles
Purfleet 1.42 miles