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A Complete Guide to Utilities in The Rodings

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

About The Rodings, Essex

The Rodings CM5 has a population of 1,853 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in The Rodings?

The Rodings 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 The Rodings

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your The Rodings water account.

Affinity Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

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

Affinity Water

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

Thames Water

Customer that want to post 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 would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in The Rodings

Water bill in The Rodings

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

Metered Customers in The Rodings

Customers who have a water meter installed at their The Rodings 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 or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your The Rodings home.

Unmetered Customers in The Rodings

Customers without a meter at their The Rodings home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your The Rodings home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in The Rodings is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your The Rodings water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your The Rodings may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in The Rodings?

The average water bill The Rodings residents are charged can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232
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How do I pay my The Rodings water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water or Thames 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your The Rodings bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity 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 The Rodings?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in The Rodings CM5, 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.

The Rodings Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in The Rodings have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in The Rodings

Is water from the tap in The Rodings safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in The Rodings come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply The Rodings:

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

Is the water hard in The Rodings

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in The Rodings contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in The Rodings.

  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.

The Rodings No Water

If you have no water in your The Rodings 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 The Rodings.

If there is no water at your The Rodings 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 The Rodings.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

The Rodings water leak or flooding

The Rodings water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your The Rodings home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your The Rodings property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact 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, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in The Rodings taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your The Rodings water this could be because of 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 The Rodings water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to The Rodings water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water or Thames Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in The Rodings CM5

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The speed of your internet connection at your The Rodings home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in The Rodings with our fast and simple speed test.

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

The Rodings Average Download Speed The Rodings Average Upload Speed
60.65 Mbps 18.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in The Rodings. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband 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 to look for when searching for a broadband provider in The Rodings?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in The Rodings.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in The Rodings is the availability. Most homes in The Rodings should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in The Rodings?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in The Rodings
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of The Rodings homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of The Rodings.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in The Rodings.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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The Rodings broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in The Rodings. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in The Rodings. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

The Rodings Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in The Rodings must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, 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 The Rodings home is something to think about.

The Rodings broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your The Rodings broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid 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 The Rodings.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in The Rodings have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in The Rodings?

The average internet speed in The Rodings is:

The Rodings Average Download Speed The Rodings Average Upload Speed
60.65 Mbps 18.20 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in The Rodings, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your The Rodings property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in The Rodings.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in The Rodings

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for The Rodings is 01806. If you're calling somebody in The Rodings, 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 The Rodings call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably 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 are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with 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 Supply in The Rodings

Residents in The Rodings can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your The Rodings home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the The Rodings distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for The Rodings right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for The Rodings

The electricity distribution network operator for The Rodings 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 The Rodings

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near The Rodings

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby The Rodings, we've found the closest five municipalities to The Rodings.

Closest five municipalities to The Rodings
Municipality Distance from The Rodings
Chipping Ongar -
The Lavers -
High Ongar -
Matching Tye 4.58 miles