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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Prittlewell

If you've moved and have questions about Prittlewell? Our utilities guide to Prittlewell is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Prittlewell water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Prittlewell.

About Prittlewell, Essex

Prittlewell SS2 has a population of 9,971 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Prittlewell?

Prittlewell water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Prittlewell

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Prittlewell water issues.

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 even send your message through the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

Customer that want to post 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 must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

Customer that want to post 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

Customers that would rather email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in Prittlewell

Water bill in Prittlewell

Water rates in Prittlewell will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Prittlewell water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Prittlewell water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Prittlewell

Customers that have a water meter at their Prittlewell 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Prittlewell home.

Unmetered Customers in Prittlewell

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Prittlewell home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Prittlewell home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Prittlewell is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Prittlewell water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Prittlewell might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Prittlewell?

The average water bill Prittlewell residents are charged varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Prittlewell water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Prittlewell bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Prittlewell?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Prittlewell SS2, 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.

Prittlewell Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Prittlewell have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Prittlewell

Is water from the tap in Prittlewell safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Prittlewell. You can rest assured that Prittlewell water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Prittlewell water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Prittlewell water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Prittlewell come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Prittlewell:

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

Is the water hard in Prittlewell

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 in Prittlewell is below 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Prittlewell is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Prittlewell higher than. medium 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

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Prittlewell.

  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.

Prittlewell No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Prittlewell home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Prittlewell.

If there is no water at your Prittlewell home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Prittlewell.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Prittlewell water leak or flooding

Prittlewell water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Prittlewell 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 Prittlewell property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Prittlewell taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Prittlewell 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 Prittlewell water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Prittlewell water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Prittlewell SS2

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

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

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Prittlewell with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Prittlewell Average Download Speed Prittlewell Average Upload Speed
73.90 Mbps 17.35 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Prittlewell. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Prittlewell?

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. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Prittlewell.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Prittlewell is what's available. Most homes in Prittlewell should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Prittlewell?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Prittlewell
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Prittlewell homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Prittlewell.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Prittlewell.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Prittlewell broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Prittlewell. 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 terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Prittlewell. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Prittlewell Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Prittlewell also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Prittlewell home is going to be important.

Prittlewell broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Prittlewell broadband internet is extremely important. 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 is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Prittlewell.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Prittlewell?

The average internet speed in Prittlewell is:

Prittlewell Average Download Speed Prittlewell Average Upload Speed
73.90 Mbps 17.35 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 a green box on your street in Prittlewell, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Prittlewell house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. 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. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Prittlewell.

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
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 kinds of radio frequencies that 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 have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Prittlewell

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Prittlewell is 01806. If you call someone in Prittlewell, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Prittlewell call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, 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 the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone 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.

Electricity and Gas in Prittlewell

People living in Prittlewell can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained 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 supplies your Prittlewell home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Prittlewell 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 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
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Power Generation near Prittlewell

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Prittlewell

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Prittlewell, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Prittlewell.

Closest five municipalities to Prittlewell
Municipality Distance from Prittlewell
Thorpe Bay 0.04 miles
Sheffield 0.26 miles
Neepsend 0.61 miles
Burngreave 0.61 miles