A Complete Guide to Utilities in Walthamstow

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

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About Walthamstow, Greater London

Walthamstow E17 has a population of 109,424 and is located in the county of Greater London. Greater London has a population of 9,002,488 people.

Who supplies my water in Walthamstow?

Walthamstow water services are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Walthamstow

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Walthamstow water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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

Write to Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Thames Water website.

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 would like to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Walthamstow

Water bill in Walthamstow

Water rates in Walthamstow will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Walthamstow water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Walthamstow water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Walthamstow

Customers that have a water meter at their Walthamstow 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 Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Walthamstow home.

Unmetered Customers in Walthamstow

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Walthamstow home will pay 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 Walthamstow home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Walthamstow is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Walthamstow 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Walthamstow may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Walthamstow?

The average water bill Walthamstow residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 a year.

How do I pay my Walthamstow water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Walthamstow bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Walthamstow?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Walthamstow E17, your water supplier is 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.

Walthamstow Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Walthamstow

Is the tap water in Walthamstow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Walthamstow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Walthamstow:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Walthamstow

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 Walthamstow is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Walthamstow is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Walthamstow contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. very 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Walthamstow.

  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.

Walthamstow No Water

If you have no water in your Walthamstow 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 Walthamstow.

If there is no water at your Walthamstow home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Walthamstow.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames Water, they often post incident 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.

Walthamstow water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Walthamstow taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Walthamstow water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Walthamstow water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Walthamstow water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband Speed in Walthamstow E17

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The broadband speed you get at your Walthamstow home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Walthamstow with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Walthamstow Average Download Speed Walthamstow Average Upload Speed
135.30 Mbps 24.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Walthamstow. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Walthamstow?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Walthamstow.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Walthamstow is what's available. The majority of homes in Walthamstow can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Walthamstow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Walthamstow
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Walthamstow homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Walthamstow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Walthamstow.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Walthamstow broadband value for money

Walthamstow broadband bill

Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Walthamstow. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Walthamstow. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Walthamstow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Walthamstow should also be considered, with many of us 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 really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Walthamstow home is going to be important.

Walthamstow broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Walthamstow broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Walthamstow.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Walthamstow?

The average internet speed in Walthamstow is:

Walthamstow Average Download Speed Walthamstow Average Upload Speed
135.30 Mbps 24.50 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Walthamstow, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Walthamstow home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Walthamstow.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above plus 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the landline area code in Walthamstow

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Walthamstow is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Walthamstow, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Walthamstow call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of 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 don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Walthamstow

Residents of Walthamstow are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 Walthamstow home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Walthamstow distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Walthamstow right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Walthamstow

The electricity distribution network operator for Walthamstow is UK Power Networks - London. You can find the UK Power Networks - London contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - London Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London
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There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution

Power Generation near Walthamstow

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

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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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Walthamstow

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Walthamstow, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Walthamstow.

Closest five municipalities to Walthamstow
Municipality Distance from Walthamstow
Temple Mills 1.01 miles
Walthamstow Marshes 1.01 miles
Woodford Bridge 1.6 miles