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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Sheering

Are you moving and want to know more about Sheering? Our utilities guide to Sheering is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Sheering water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Sheering.

About Sheering, Essex

Sheering CM22 has a population of 891 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Sheering?

Sheering water utilities are supplied by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Sheering

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Sheering water issues.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water phone number Affinity Water Emergency phone number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Thames Water telephone numbers

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

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

Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water

You can also write to Affinity Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

If you prefer to send 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

Thames Water

If you prefer to send 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

Price of water in Sheering

Water bill in Sheering

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

Metered Customers in Sheering

Customers with a water meter at their Sheering home will pay a fixed annual 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 or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Sheering home.

Unmetered Customers in Sheering

Customers without a meter at their Sheering home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Sheering home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Sheering is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Sheering 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? 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 Sheering could be 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 Sheering?

The average water bill Sheering residents are billed varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Sheering water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water or Thames 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 Sheering bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Affinity Water or 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 Sheering?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sheering CM22, your water suppliers are Affinity Water and 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.

Sheering Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sheering

Is tap water in Sheering safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sheering come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sheering:

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

Is the water hard in Sheering

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 Sheering is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Sheering is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Sheering contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Sheering.

  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.

Sheering No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Sheering home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Sheering.

If there is no water at your Sheering 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 Sheering.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Sheering water leak or flooding

Sheering water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Sheering home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Sheering property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Affinity Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Sheering taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Sheering 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 affect it by infusing your Sheering water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Sheering water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Sheering CM22

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Sheering with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Sheering Average Download Speed Sheering Average Upload Speed
69.50 Mbps 16.57 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Sheering. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Sheering?

In 2022, the internet is about 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, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Sheering.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Sheering is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Sheering can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Sheering?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Sheering
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Sheering 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 Sheering.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Sheering.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Sheering broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Sheering. 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 fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Sheering. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Sheering Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Sheering also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Sheering home is going to be important.

Sheering broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Sheering internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Sheering.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Sheering ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Sheering?

The average internet speed in Sheering is:

Sheering Average Download Speed Sheering Average Upload Speed
69.50 Mbps 16.57 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Sheering, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Sheering house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Sheering.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Sheering

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sheering is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Sheering, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Sheering call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should 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 don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Sheering

Residents of Sheering are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Sheering home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Sheering distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Sheering below.

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 Sheering

The electricity distribution network operator for Sheering 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 Sheering

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Sheering

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Sheering, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Sheering.

Closest five municipalities to Sheering
Municipality Distance from Sheering
Stansted Mountfitchet 2.49 miles
Rickling 4.32 miles
Rickling Green 4.32 miles
Shortgrove 4.32 miles
Starling's Green 4.32 miles