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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wherstead

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

About Wherstead, Suffolk

Wherstead IP2 has a population of 342 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Wherstead?

Wherstead water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Wherstead

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water is one of many options to discuss your Wherstead water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water telephone number Anglian Water Emergency telephone number
0345 791 9155 0345 714 5145
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm,Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm,Bank holidays 10am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Anglian Water

You can also write to Anglian Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you can use the email address below:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Wherstead

Water bill in Wherstead

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

Metered Customers in Wherstead

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Wherstead property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Wherstead home.

Unmetered Customers in Wherstead

Customers without a meter at their Wherstead home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Wherstead home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Wherstead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Wherstead water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Wherstead could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Wherstead?

The average water bill Wherstead residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Wherstead water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Anglian Water. After you register your details with Anglian 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 Wherstead 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 Anglian Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Wherstead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wherstead IP2, your water supplier is Anglian 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.

Wherstead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wherstead

Is water from the tap in Wherstead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wherstead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wherstead:

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

How hard is the water in Wherstead

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Wherstead 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your 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 Wherstead.

  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.

Wherstead No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Wherstead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Wherstead.

If there is no water at your Wherstead home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Wherstead.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Wherstead water leak or flooding

Wherstead water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Wherstead home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Wherstead property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Anglian Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Anglian Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Wherstead taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Wherstead 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 Wherstead water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wherstead water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Anglian Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Wherstead IP2

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The speed of your internet connection at your Wherstead home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Wherstead with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Wherstead Average Download Speed Wherstead Average Upload Speed
68.65 Mbps 14.55 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Wherstead. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, 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 Wherstead?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Wherstead.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Wherstead is the availability. The majority of homes in Wherstead can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wherstead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Wherstead
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Wherstead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Wherstead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Wherstead.
    • 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, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Wherstead broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Wherstead. You will see many broadband providers are 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 Wherstead. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Wherstead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wherstead must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

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

Wherstead broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Wherstead internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Wherstead.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Wherstead?

The average speed of broadband in Wherstead is:

Wherstead Average Download Speed Wherstead Average Upload Speed
68.65 Mbps 14.55 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Wherstead, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Wherstead property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Wherstead.

Usual Internet habits 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Wherstead

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Wherstead is 01806. When making a call to someone in Wherstead, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Wherstead call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Wherstead

People living in Wherstead are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Wherstead home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Wherstead distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Wherstead below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Wherstead

The electricity distribution network operator for Wherstead 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 Wherstead

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, 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.

Municipalities Near Wherstead

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Wherstead, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Wherstead.

Closest five municipalities to Wherstead
Municipality Distance from Wherstead
Belstead -
Copdock 0.82 miles
Akenham 1.95 miles