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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Wendens Ambo

If you just moved and have some questions about Wendens Ambo? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Wendens Ambo is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Wendens Ambo water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Wendens Ambo.

About Wendens Ambo, Essex

Wendens Ambo CB11 has a population of 473 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Wendens Ambo?

Wendens Ambo 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 Wendens Ambo

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is one of many options to talk about your Wendens Ambo water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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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Write to Affinity Water

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

Price of water in Wendens Ambo

Water bill in Wendens Ambo

Water rates in Wendens Ambo will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Wendens Ambo water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Wendens Ambo water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wendens Ambo

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Wendens Ambo home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Wendens Ambo home.

Unmetered Customers in Wendens Ambo

Customers without a meter at their Wendens Ambo 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 Wendens Ambo home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Wendens Ambo is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Wendens Ambo 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 are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Wendens Ambo 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 Wendens Ambo?

The average water bill Wendens Ambo residents are charged is £16.67 monthly, which works out at £200 per year.

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How do I pay my Wendens Ambo water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Wendens Ambo bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Wendens Ambo?

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

Wendens Ambo Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wendens Ambo

Is tap water in Wendens Ambo safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wendens Ambo come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wendens Ambo:

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

How hard is the water in Wendens Ambo

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 Wendens Ambo is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Wendens Ambo is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Wendens Ambo contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Wendens Ambo.

  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.

Wendens Ambo No Water

If you have no water in your Wendens Ambo 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 Wendens Ambo.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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.

Wendens Ambo water leak or flooding

Wendens Ambo water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Wendens Ambo home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Wendens Ambo property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Affinity 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 website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Wendens Ambo taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Wendens Ambo water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Wendens Ambo water.

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

Broadband in Wendens Ambo CB11

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The speed of your internet connection at your Wendens Ambo home can vary depending on 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 broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Wendens Ambo with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Wendens Ambo Average Download Speed Wendens Ambo Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Wendens Ambo. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Wendens Ambo?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Wendens Ambo.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Wendens Ambo is what's available. Whilst many homes in Wendens Ambo can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Wendens Ambo?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Wendens Ambo
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Wendens Ambo homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Wendens Ambo.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Wendens Ambo.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Wendens Ambo broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Wendens Ambo. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Wendens Ambo. 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.

Wendens Ambo Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Wendens Ambo should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Wendens Ambo home is going to be important.

Wendens Ambo broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Wendens Ambo broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Wendens Ambo.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Wendens Ambo have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Wendens Ambo?

The average broadband speed in Wendens Ambo is:

Wendens Ambo Average Download Speed Wendens Ambo Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 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 - 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Wendens Ambo, 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 Wendens Ambo home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Wendens Ambo.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Wendens Ambo

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Wendens Ambo is 01806. When making a call to someone in Wendens Ambo, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Wendens Ambo call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain 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 different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Wendens Ambo

Residents of Wendens Ambo are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Wendens Ambo home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Wendens Ambo distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Wendens Ambo in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Wendens Ambo

The electricity distribution network operator for Wendens Ambo 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 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
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Power Generation near Wendens Ambo

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Wendens Ambo

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Wendens Ambo, we've found the closest five municipalities to Wendens Ambo.