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A Complete Guide to Utilities in South Stifford

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

About South Stifford, Essex

South Stifford RM20 has a population of 13,801 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in South Stifford?

South Stifford water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for South Stifford

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to discuss your South Stifford water issues.

Anglian Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water contact number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency contact 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write 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 can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write 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 can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in South Stifford

Water bill in South Stifford

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

Metered Customers in South Stifford

Customers with a water meter at their South Stifford property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your South Stifford home.

Unmetered Customers in South Stifford

Customers who don't have a meter at their South Stifford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your South Stifford home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in South Stifford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your South Stifford 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, having a water meter installed at your South Stifford may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in South Stifford?

The average water bill South Stifford residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my South Stifford 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your South Stifford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 South Stifford?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in South Stifford RM20, 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.

South Stifford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Stifford

Is water from the tap in South Stifford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in South Stifford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply South Stifford:

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

Is the water hard in South Stifford

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in South Stifford contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in South Stifford.

  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.

South Stifford No Water

If you don't have any running water in your South Stifford home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in South Stifford.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

South Stifford water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in South Stifford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your South Stifford water this could be because of 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 South Stifford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to South Stifford water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in South Stifford RM20

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for South Stifford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

South Stifford Average Download Speed South Stifford Average Upload Speed
84.30 Mbps 16.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in South Stifford. 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.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in South Stifford?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in South Stifford.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in South Stifford is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in South Stifford should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in South Stifford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in South Stifford
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called '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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of South Stifford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of South Stifford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in South Stifford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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South Stifford broadband cost

South Stifford broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in South Stifford. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in South Stifford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

South Stifford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in South Stifford must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet 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 which without a reliable broadband connection at your South Stifford home is going to be important.

South Stifford broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your South Stifford broadband connection is of utmost importance. 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 deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in South Stifford.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in South Stifford ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in South Stifford?

The average broadband speed in South Stifford is:

South Stifford Average Download Speed South Stifford Average Upload Speed
84.30 Mbps 16.10 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

To put it 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in South Stifford, 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 South Stifford property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in South Stifford.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of South Stifford

Corded telephone area code South Stifford

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

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 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 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's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in South Stifford

People living in South Stifford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your South Stifford home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the South Stifford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers South Stifford right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in South Stifford

The electricity distribution network operator for South Stifford 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 South Stifford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near South Stifford

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby South Stifford, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to South Stifford.

Closest five municipalities to South Stifford
Municipality Distance from South Stifford
North Stifford 0.73 miles
Chafford 0.73 miles
Chadwell St Mary 0.73 miles
Orsett 0.73 miles
Purfleet 1.27 miles