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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Walton On The Naze

If you just moved and have some questions about Walton On The Naze? Our complete guide to utilities in Walton On The Naze is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Walton On The Naze water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Walton On The Naze.

About Walton On The Naze, Essex

Walton On The Naze CO14 has a population of 12,054 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Walton On The Naze?

Walton On The Naze water services are supplied by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Walton On The Naze

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is one of many options to discuss your Walton On The Naze water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Affinity Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Affinity Water telephone number Affinity Water Emergency telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Affinity Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

Water rates in Walton On The Naze

Water bill in Walton On The Naze

Water rates in Walton On The Naze will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Walton On The Naze water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Walton On The Naze water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Walton On The Naze

Customers that have a water meter at their Walton On The Naze 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 Walton On The Naze home.

Unmetered Customers in Walton On The Naze

Customers who don't have a meter at their Walton On The Naze home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Walton On The Naze home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Walton On The Naze is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Walton On The Naze water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Walton On The Naze might work out cheaper.

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 Walton On The Naze?

The average water bill Walton On The Naze residents are charged is £16.67 each month, that's £200 annually.

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How do I pay my Walton On The Naze water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity 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 Walton On The Naze bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Walton On The Naze?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Walton On The Naze CO14, 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.

Walton On The Naze Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Walton On The Naze have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Walton On The Naze

Is the tap water in Walton On The Naze safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Walton On The Naze come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Walton On The Naze:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Walton On The Naze

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 Walton On The Naze is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Walton On The Naze is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Walton On The Naze contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Walton On The Naze.

  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.

Walton On The Naze No Water

If you have no water in your Walton On The Naze home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Walton On The Naze.

If there is no water at your Walton On The Naze home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Walton On The Naze.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for advice. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Walton On The Naze water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Affinity Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Walton On The Naze taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Walton On The Naze 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 Walton On The Naze water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Walton On The Naze water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Affinity Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Walton On The Naze CO14

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The speed of your internet connection at your Walton On The Naze home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Walton On The Naze with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Walton On The Naze Average Download Speed Walton On The Naze Average Upload Speed
46.60 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Walton On The Naze. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Walton On The Naze?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Walton On The Naze.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Walton On The Naze is what's available. Whilst many homes in Walton On The Naze should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Walton On The Naze?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Walton On The Naze
    • 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Walton On The Naze homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Walton On The Naze.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Walton On The Naze.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Walton On The Naze broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Walton On The Naze. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Walton On The Naze. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Walton On The Naze Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Walton On The Naze should also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Walton On The Naze home is going to be important.

Walton On The Naze broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Walton On The Naze broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Walton On The Naze.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Walton On The Naze have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Walton On The Naze?

The average speed of broadband in Walton On The Naze is:

Walton On The Naze Average Download Speed Walton On The Naze Average Upload Speed
46.60 Mbps 10.60 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Walton On The Naze, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Walton On The Naze house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Walton On The Naze.

Frequent internet uses 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Walton On The Naze

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Walton On The Naze is 01255. If you call someone in Walton On The Naze, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01255 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01255 Walton On The Naze call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Walton On The Naze

Residents in Walton On The Naze can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Walton On The Naze distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Walton On The Naze in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Walton On The Naze

The electricity distribution network operator for Walton On The Naze 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 Walton On The Naze

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Walton On The Naze.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Walton On The Naze

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Walton On The Naze, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Walton On The Naze.

Closest five municipalities to Walton On The Naze
Municipality Distance from Walton On The Naze
Harwich 5.79 miles
Clacton-on-Sea 7.44 miles
Felixstowe 8.49 miles
Trimley St. Martin 8.49 miles
Trimley St. Mary 8.49 miles