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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Rickling

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

About Rickling, Essex

Rickling CB11 has a population of 378 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Rickling?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Rickling

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Rickling water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

Cost of water in Rickling

Water bill in Rickling

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

Metered Customers in Rickling

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Rickling 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 Affinity Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Rickling home.

Unmetered Customers in Rickling

Customers without a meter at their Rickling home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Rickling home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Rickling will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Rickling water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Rickling might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Rickling?

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

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How do I pay my Rickling water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Rickling 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 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 Rickling?

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

Rickling Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rickling

Is the tap water in Rickling safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rickling come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rickling:

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

Is the water hard in Rickling

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 Rickling is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Rickling is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Rickling contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. 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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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Rickling.

  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.

Rickling No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Rickling home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Rickling.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water website for any explanations as to 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Rickling water leak or flooding

Rickling water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Rickling home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Rickling property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Affinity Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Rickling taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Rickling 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 Rickling water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Rickling water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Rickling CB11

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The speed of your internet connection at your Rickling home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Rickling Average Download Speed Rickling Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Rickling. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Rickling.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Rickling is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Rickling can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Rickling?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Rickling
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Rickling homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Rickling.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Rickling.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Rickling broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Rickling. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Rickling. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Rickling Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Rickling must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Rickling home is something to think about.

Rickling broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Rickling internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Rickling.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Rickling?

The average speed of broadband in Rickling is:

Rickling Average Download Speed Rickling Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Rickling, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Rickling property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes 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 for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Rickling.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 Rickling

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Rickling is 01806. If you call someone in Rickling, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Rickling call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Rickling

Residents in Rickling can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Rickling home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Rickling 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 Rickling

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Rickling

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Rickling, we've found the five closest municipalities to Rickling.