A Complete Guide to Utilities in Prickwillow

If you just moved and have some questions about Prickwillow? Our complete guide to utilities in Prickwillow will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Prickwillow water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Prickwillow.

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About Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire

Prickwillow CB7 has a population of 354 and is located in the county of Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire has a population of 653,412 people.

Who supplies my water in Prickwillow?

Prickwillow water services are supplied by Anglian Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Prickwillow

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is one of many options to discuss your Prickwillow water problems.

Anglian Water contact numbers

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

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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

Cambridge Water contact numbers

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

Cambridge Water telephone number Cambridge Water Emergency telephone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

You can also write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to send 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

Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
[email protected]

Cambridge Water

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

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG
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Water rates in Prickwillow

Water bill in Prickwillow

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

Metered Customers in Prickwillow

Customers that have a water meter at their Prickwillow house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Prickwillow home.

Unmetered Customers in Prickwillow

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Prickwillow home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Prickwillow home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Prickwillow is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Prickwillow water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, getting a water meter for your Prickwillow might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Prickwillow?

The average water bill Prickwillow residents are being charged can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148

How do I pay my Prickwillow water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Cambridge 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 Prickwillow 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 Anglian Water or Cambridge Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Prickwillow?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Prickwillow CB7, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge 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.

Prickwillow Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Prickwillow

Is water from the tap in Prickwillow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Prickwillow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Prickwillow:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Prickwillow

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 Prickwillow is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Prickwillow is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Prickwillow 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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

  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.

Prickwillow No Water

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

If there is no water at your Prickwillow home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Prickwillow.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Prickwillow water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Prickwillow property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Cambridge Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Prickwillow taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Prickwillow water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Prickwillow water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Prickwillow water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Cambridge Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Prickwillow CB7

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The broadband speed you get at your Prickwillow home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Prickwillow Average Download Speed Prickwillow Average Upload Speed
63.40 Mbps 13.83 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Prickwillow. 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 homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Prickwillow?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Prickwillow.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Prickwillow is the availability. Whilst many homes in Prickwillow should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Prickwillow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Prickwillow
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Prickwillow homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Prickwillow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Prickwillow.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Prickwillow broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Prickwillow. There are many providers offering a low cost deal 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 Prickwillow. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Prickwillow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Prickwillow should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Prickwillow home will be an important thing to consider.

Prickwillow broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Prickwillow internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Prickwillow.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Prickwillow?

The average speed of broadband in Prickwillow is:

Prickwillow Average Download Speed Prickwillow Average Upload Speed
63.40 Mbps 13.83 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Prickwillow, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Prickwillow house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Prickwillow.

Main internet uses Recommended Download 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the telephone area code for Prickwillow

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

How much does an 01806 Prickwillow call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Prickwillow

Residents in Prickwillow are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional 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 Prickwillow home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Prickwillow distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Prickwillow 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 in Prickwillow

The electricity distribution network operator for Prickwillow 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution

Power Generation near Prickwillow

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Prickwillow

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Prickwillow, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Prickwillow.