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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Quendon

If you've moved and have questions about Quendon? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Quendon will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Quendon water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Quendon.

About Quendon, Essex

Quendon CB11 has a population of 450 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Quendon?

Quendon water services are provided by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water:

How to reach your water provider in Quendon

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Quendon water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water telephone number Affinity Water Emergency telephone 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 write to 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 Quendon

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

Metered Customers in Quendon

Customers with a water meter at their Quendon 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 Affinity Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Quendon home.

Unmetered Customers in Quendon

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Quendon will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Quendon water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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, installing a water meter at your Quendon 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 Quendon?

The average water bill Quendon residents are charged is £16.67 each month, that's £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Quendon water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Quendon bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Quendon?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Quendon CB11, 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.

Quendon Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Quendon

Is water from the tap in Quendon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Quendon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Quendon:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Quendon

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 Quendon is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Quendon is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Quendon contains an elevated level 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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

  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.

Quendon No Water

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

If there is no water at your Quendon home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Quendon.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Affinity Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Quendon water leak or flooding

Quendon water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Quendon 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 Quendon property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Affinity 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 Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Quendon taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Affinity Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Quendon CB11

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Quendon with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Quendon Average Download Speed Quendon Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Quendon. 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 households in the UK.

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

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Quendon?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Quendon.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Quendon is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Quendon should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area 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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Quendon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Quendon
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Quendon homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Quendon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Quendon.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Quendon broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Quendon. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Quendon. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Quendon Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Quendon must 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 stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Quendon home is something to think about.

Quendon broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Quendon internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Quendon.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Quendon ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Quendon?

The average speed of broadband in Quendon is:

Quendon Average Download Speed Quendon Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 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 - 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Quendon, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Quendon house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Quendon.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above and 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel 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 telephone area code for Quendon

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Quendon is 01806. When making a call to someone in Quendon, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Quendon call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls 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 calls included in your tariff, 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Quendon

Residents in Quendon are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Quendon home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Quendon distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Quendon right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Quendon

The electricity distribution network operator for Quendon 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 Quendon

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Quendon

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