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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Shoeburyness

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

About Shoeburyness, Essex

Shoeburyness SS3 has a population of 11,159 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Shoeburyness?

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

How to reach your water providers in Shoeburyness

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Shoeburyness water issues.

Anglian Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency telephone 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

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

If you want to email Anglian Water, you should 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

If you want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in Shoeburyness

Water bill in Shoeburyness

Water rates in Shoeburyness will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Shoeburyness water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Shoeburyness water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Shoeburyness

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Shoeburyness 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 Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Shoeburyness home.

Unmetered Customers in Shoeburyness

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Shoeburyness is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Shoeburyness 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 Shoeburyness could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Shoeburyness?

The average water bill Shoeburyness residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Shoeburyness water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you've registered with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Shoeburyness 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 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 Shoeburyness?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Shoeburyness SS3, 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.

Shoeburyness Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Shoeburyness

Is the tap water in Shoeburyness safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Shoeburyness come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Shoeburyness:

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

Is the water hard in Shoeburyness

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 Shoeburyness is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Shoeburyness is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Shoeburyness higher than. medium water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Shoeburyness.

  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.

Shoeburyness No Water

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

If there is no water at your Shoeburyness home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Shoeburyness.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Shoeburyness water leak or flooding

Shoeburyness water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Shoeburyness home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Shoeburyness property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

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

Why does the water in Shoeburyness taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Shoeburyness 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 affect it by infusing your Shoeburyness water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Shoeburyness water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Shoeburyness SS3

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The broadband speed you get at your Shoeburyness home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Shoeburyness Average Download Speed Shoeburyness Average Upload Speed
94.30 Mbps 21.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Shoeburyness. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Shoeburyness?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Shoeburyness.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Shoeburyness is what's available. The majority of homes in Shoeburyness should have access to 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 Shoeburyness?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Shoeburyness
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Shoeburyness homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Shoeburyness.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Shoeburyness.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Shoeburyness broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Shoeburyness. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Shoeburyness. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Shoeburyness Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Shoeburyness should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Shoeburyness home is going to be important.

Shoeburyness broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Shoeburyness broadband connection is really important. 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 quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Shoeburyness.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Shoeburyness?

The average speed of broadband in Shoeburyness is:

Shoeburyness Average Download Speed Shoeburyness Average Upload Speed
94.30 Mbps 21.20 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Shoeburyness, 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 Shoeburyness house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Shoeburyness.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Shoeburyness

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Shoeburyness is 01806. When making a call to someone in Shoeburyness, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Shoeburyness call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 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 to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Shoeburyness

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

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Shoeburyness home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Shoeburyness distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Shoeburyness 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 responsible for Shoeburyness

The electricity distribution network operator for Shoeburyness 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 Shoeburyness

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 generated 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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Shoeburyness

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Shoeburyness, we've found the five closest municipalities to Shoeburyness.

Closest five municipalities to Shoeburyness
Municipality Distance from Shoeburyness
Westcliff-on-Sea 4.6 miles
Rochford 4.6 miles
Leigh-on-Sea 5.7 miles