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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Sewardstone

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

About Sewardstone, Essex

Sewardstone E4 has a population of 653 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Sewardstone?

Sewardstone water services are provided by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Sewardstone

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Sewardstone water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water contact number Thames Water Emergency contact number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Thames Water website.

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

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

If you want to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Cost of water in Sewardstone

Water bill in Sewardstone

Water rates in Sewardstone depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Sewardstone water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Sewardstone water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Sewardstone

Customers that have a water meter at their Sewardstone 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 Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Sewardstone home.

Unmetered Customers in Sewardstone

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Sewardstone home have 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 Sewardstone home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Sewardstone will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Sewardstone water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Sewardstone could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Sewardstone?

The average water bill Sewardstone residents are being charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 annually.

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How do I pay my Sewardstone water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. After you register your details with Thames 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 Sewardstone bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Thames 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 Sewardstone?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sewardstone E4, your water supplier is Thames 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.

Sewardstone Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sewardstone

Is the tap water in Sewardstone safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sewardstone come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sewardstone:

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

How hard is the water in Sewardstone

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 Sewardstone is over 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Sewardstone is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Sewardstone contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Sewardstone.

  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.

Sewardstone No Water

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

If there is no water at your Sewardstone home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Sewardstone.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, they will often tweet 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.

Sewardstone water leak or flooding

Sewardstone water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Sewardstone 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 Sewardstone property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Sewardstone taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Sewardstone water this could be down 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 Sewardstone water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Sewardstone water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Thames Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Sewardstone E4

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Sewardstone with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Sewardstone Average Download Speed Sewardstone Average Upload Speed
82.90 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Sewardstone. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available 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.

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

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 could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Sewardstone.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Sewardstone is the availability. Most homes in Sewardstone should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Sewardstone?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Sewardstone
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Sewardstone homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Sewardstone.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Sewardstone.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Sewardstone broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Sewardstone. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Sewardstone. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Sewardstone Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Sewardstone must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having 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 Sewardstone home is going to be important.

Sewardstone broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Sewardstone internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sewardstone.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Sewardstone have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Sewardstone?

The average internet speed in Sewardstone is:

Sewardstone Average Download Speed Sewardstone Average Upload Speed
82.90 Mbps 11.60 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 - 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 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 a green box on your street in Sewardstone, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Sewardstone house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Sewardstone.

Usual Internet habits 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Sewardstone

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sewardstone is 01806. When making a call to someone in Sewardstone, 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 Sewardstone call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Sewardstone

Residents in Sewardstone are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained 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 supplies your Sewardstone home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Sewardstone distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Sewardstone below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Sewardstone

The electricity distribution network operator for Sewardstone is UK Power Networks - London. You can find the UK Power Networks - London contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - London 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 Sewardstone

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Sewardstone

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Sewardstone, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Sewardstone.

Closest five municipalities to Sewardstone
Municipality Distance from Sewardstone
Highams Park 0.01 miles
Buckhurst Hill 1.74 miles
Woodford Bridge 2.06 miles
Woodford Green 2.06 miles
Edmonton 2.31 miles