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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Strethall

If you just moved and have some questions about Strethall? Our utilities guide to Strethall will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Strethall water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Strethall.

About Strethall, Essex

Strethall CB11 has a population of 26 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Strethall?

Strethall water utilities are supplied by Affinity Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Affinity Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Strethall

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is one of many options to deal with your Strethall water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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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Write to Affinity Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Cost of water in Strethall

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

Metered Customers in Strethall

Customers with a water meter at their Strethall 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 Affinity Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Strethall home.

Unmetered Customers in Strethall

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Strethall will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Strethall water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Strethall could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Strethall?

The average water bill Strethall residents are billed is £16.67 monthly, which works out at £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Strethall water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity 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 Strethall bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Affinity 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 Strethall?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Strethall CB11, your water supplier is Affinity 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.

Strethall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Strethall

Is tap water in Strethall safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Strethall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Strethall:

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

How hard is the water in Strethall

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 Strethall is higher than 201ppm, this means the water in Strethall is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Strethall contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Strethall.

  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.

Strethall No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Strethall home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Strethall.

If there is no water at your Strethall home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Strethall.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Strethall water leak or flooding

Strethall water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Strethall 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 Strethall property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Affinity Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Strethall taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Affinity Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Strethall CB11

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Strethall 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
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Strethall Average Download Speed Strethall Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Strethall. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Strethall?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Strethall.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Strethall is the availability. Most homes in Strethall should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area 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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Strethall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Strethall
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Strethall homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Strethall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Strethall.
    • 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, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Strethall broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Strethall. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Strethall. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Strethall Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Strethall also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Strethall home will be an important thing to consider.

Strethall broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Strethall broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Strethall.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Strethall?

The average speed of broadband in Strethall is:

Strethall Average Download Speed Strethall Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Strethall, from which it is connected to your property 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 Strethall property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Strethall.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download 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, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Strethall

Corded telephone area code Strethall

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Strethall is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Strethall, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Strethall call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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 Strethall

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

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Strethall distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Strethall below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Strethall

The electricity distribution network operator for Strethall 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 Strethall

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

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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors 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, 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Strethall

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Strethall, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Strethall.