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Your Guide to Utilities in Stansted Mountfitchet

Are you moving and want to know more about Stansted Mountfitchet? Our utilities guide to Stansted Mountfitchet will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Stansted Mountfitchet water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Stansted Mountfitchet.

About Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 has a population of 6,669 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Stansted Mountfitchet?

Stansted Mountfitchet water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Stansted Mountfitchet

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

Affinity Water contact numbers

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

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

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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

Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Cost of water in Stansted Mountfitchet

Water bill in Stansted Mountfitchet

Water rates in Stansted Mountfitchet are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Stansted Mountfitchet water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Stansted Mountfitchet water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Stansted Mountfitchet

Customers that have a water meter at their Stansted Mountfitchet house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water or Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Stansted Mountfitchet home.

Unmetered Customers in Stansted Mountfitchet

Customers without a meter at their Stansted Mountfitchet home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Stansted Mountfitchet home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Stansted Mountfitchet is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Stansted Mountfitchet 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Stansted Mountfitchet could be cheaper.

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 Stansted Mountfitchet?

The average water bill Stansted Mountfitchet residents are being charged can differ between suppliers in your area. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Annually
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Stansted Mountfitchet water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you've registered with Affinity Water or 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Stansted Mountfitchet bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Stansted Mountfitchet?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stansted Mountfitchet CM24, 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.

Stansted Mountfitchet Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stansted Mountfitchet

Is water from the tap in Stansted Mountfitchet safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Stansted Mountfitchet come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stansted Mountfitchet:

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

How hard is the water in Stansted Mountfitchet

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Stansted Mountfitchet contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Stansted Mountfitchet.

  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.

Stansted Mountfitchet No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Stansted Mountfitchet home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Stansted Mountfitchet.

If there is no water at your Stansted Mountfitchet home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Stansted Mountfitchet.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water or Thames Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Stansted Mountfitchet water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call Affinity Water or Thames Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Stansted Mountfitchet taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water or Thames Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Stansted Mountfitchet CM24

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The broadband speed you get at your Stansted Mountfitchet home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • 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 broadband speed for Stansted Mountfitchet with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Stansted Mountfitchet Average Download Speed Stansted Mountfitchet Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Stansted Mountfitchet. 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 UK households.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Stansted Mountfitchet?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Stansted Mountfitchet is the issue of availability. Most homes in Stansted Mountfitchet should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Stansted Mountfitchet?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Stansted Mountfitchet
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Stansted Mountfitchet 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 Stansted Mountfitchet.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Stansted Mountfitchet.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Stansted Mountfitchet broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Stansted Mountfitchet. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Stansted Mountfitchet. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Stansted Mountfitchet Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Stansted Mountfitchet must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

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 Stansted Mountfitchet home is something to think about.

Stansted Mountfitchet broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Stansted Mountfitchet broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Stansted Mountfitchet have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Stansted Mountfitchet?

The average speed of broadband in Stansted Mountfitchet is:

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

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Stansted Mountfitchet

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Stansted Mountfitchet is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Stansted Mountfitchet, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Stansted Mountfitchet call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Stansted Mountfitchet

Residents in Stansted Mountfitchet are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Stansted Mountfitchet home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Stansted Mountfitchet distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Stansted Mountfitchet below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Stansted Mountfitchet

The electricity distribution network operator for Stansted Mountfitchet 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 Stansted Mountfitchet

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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 sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Stansted Mountfitchet

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Stansted Mountfitchet, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Stansted Mountfitchet.

Closest five municipalities to Stansted Mountfitchet
Municipality Distance from Stansted Mountfitchet
Sheering 2.49 miles
Felsted 5.13 miles
Great Dunmow 5.13 miles
Rickling 6.8 miles