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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Stapleford Tawney

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

About Stapleford Tawney, Essex

Stapleford Tawney RM4 has a population of 103 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Stapleford Tawney?

Stapleford Tawney water services are supplied by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Stapleford Tawney

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Stapleford Tawney water issues.

Affinity Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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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Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers

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

Essex & Suffolk Water phone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency phone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Thames Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, Thames Water, or is one of many contact methods to discuss your Stapleford Tawney water issues.

Write to Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water or Thames Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk 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

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to send 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

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 can use the email address below:

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

Water rates in Stapleford Tawney

Water bill in Stapleford Tawney

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

Metered Customers in Stapleford Tawney

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

Unmetered Customers in Stapleford Tawney

Customers who don't have a meter at their Stapleford Tawney home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Stapleford Tawney home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Stapleford Tawney will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Stapleford Tawney water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Stapleford Tawney might work out 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 Stapleford Tawney?

The average water bill Stapleford Tawney residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my Stapleford Tawney water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Stapleford Tawney bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames 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 Stapleford Tawney?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stapleford Tawney RM4, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk 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.

Stapleford Tawney Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stapleford Tawney

Is tap water in Stapleford Tawney safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Stapleford Tawney. You can rest assured that Stapleford Tawney water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Stapleford Tawney 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 Stapleford Tawney water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Stapleford Tawney come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stapleford Tawney:

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

How hard is the water in Stapleford Tawney

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 Stapleford Tawney is more than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Stapleford Tawney is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Stapleford Tawney contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Stapleford Tawney.

  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.

Stapleford Tawney No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Stapleford Tawney home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Stapleford Tawney.

If there is no water at your Stapleford Tawney home, is the problem 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 Stapleford Tawney.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Stapleford Tawney water leak or flooding

Stapleford Tawney water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Stapleford Tawney home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Stapleford Tawney property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Stapleford Tawney taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Stapleford Tawney RM4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Stapleford Tawney home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Stapleford Tawney with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Stapleford Tawney Average Download Speed Stapleford Tawney Average Upload Speed
68.53 Mbps 13.23 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Stapleford Tawney. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Stapleford Tawney?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Stapleford Tawney.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Stapleford Tawney is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Stapleford Tawney should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Stapleford Tawney?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Stapleford Tawney
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Stapleford Tawney 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 Stapleford Tawney.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Stapleford Tawney.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Stapleford Tawney broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Stapleford Tawney. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Stapleford Tawney. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Stapleford Tawney Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Stapleford Tawney should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Stapleford Tawney home is going to be important.

Stapleford Tawney broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Stapleford Tawney broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Stapleford Tawney.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Stapleford Tawney ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Stapleford Tawney?

The average internet speed in Stapleford Tawney is:

Stapleford Tawney Average Download Speed Stapleford Tawney Average Upload Speed
68.53 Mbps 13.23 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Stapleford Tawney, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Stapleford Tawney home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 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. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Stapleford Tawney.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Stapleford Tawney

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Stapleford Tawney is 01708. When making a call to someone in Stapleford Tawney, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01708 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01708 Stapleford Tawney call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 in Stapleford Tawney

Residents of Stapleford Tawney are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Stapleford Tawney home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Stapleford Tawney distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Stapleford Tawney in this section.

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 Stapleford Tawney

The electricity distribution network operator for Stapleford Tawney 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 Stapleford Tawney

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Stapleford Tawney

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Stapleford Tawney, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Stapleford Tawney.

Closest five municipalities to Stapleford Tawney
Municipality Distance from Stapleford Tawney
Stapleford Abbotts -
Abridge -
Navestock -
Havering-atte-Bower -
Loughton 2.95 miles