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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Wicken Bonhunt

If you've moved and have questions about Wicken Bonhunt? Our utilities guide to Wicken Bonhunt will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Wicken Bonhunt water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Wicken Bonhunt.

About Wicken Bonhunt, Essex

Wicken Bonhunt CB11 has a population of 223 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Wicken Bonhunt?

Wicken Bonhunt water services are supplied by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Wicken Bonhunt

Ringing a contact number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Wicken Bonhunt water problems.

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

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

Cost of water in Wicken Bonhunt

Water bill in Wicken Bonhunt

Water rates in Wicken Bonhunt are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Wicken Bonhunt water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Wicken Bonhunt water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wicken Bonhunt

Customers with a water meter at their Wicken Bonhunt 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 Affinity Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Wicken Bonhunt home.

Unmetered Customers in Wicken Bonhunt

Customers who don't have a meter at their Wicken Bonhunt home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Wicken Bonhunt home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Wicken Bonhunt is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Wicken Bonhunt water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Wicken Bonhunt might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Wicken Bonhunt?

The average water bill Wicken Bonhunt residents are being charged is £16.67 monthly, which works out at £200 annually.

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How do I pay my Wicken Bonhunt water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity 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 Wicken Bonhunt bill. While some customers like an 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Wicken Bonhunt?

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

Wicken Bonhunt Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Wicken Bonhunt have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wicken Bonhunt

Is the tap water in Wicken Bonhunt safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wicken Bonhunt come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wicken Bonhunt:

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

Is the water hard in Wicken Bonhunt

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Wicken Bonhunt 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. 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 Wicken Bonhunt.

  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.

Wicken Bonhunt No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Wicken Bonhunt 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 Wicken Bonhunt.

If there is no water at your Wicken Bonhunt home, is the problem 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 Wicken Bonhunt.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of 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, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Wicken Bonhunt water leak or flooding

Wicken Bonhunt water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Wicken Bonhunt 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 Wicken Bonhunt property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Affinity Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Affinity Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Wicken Bonhunt taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Wicken Bonhunt 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 affect it by infusing your Wicken Bonhunt water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wicken Bonhunt water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Affinity Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Wicken Bonhunt CB11

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Wicken Bonhunt home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Wicken Bonhunt with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Wicken Bonhunt Average Download Speed Wicken Bonhunt Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Wicken Bonhunt. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Wicken Bonhunt?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Wicken Bonhunt.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Wicken Bonhunt is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Wicken Bonhunt can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wicken Bonhunt?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Wicken Bonhunt
    • 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 broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Wicken Bonhunt homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Wicken Bonhunt.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Wicken Bonhunt.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Wicken Bonhunt broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Wicken Bonhunt. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Wicken Bonhunt. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Wicken Bonhunt Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wicken Bonhunt should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Wicken Bonhunt home will be an important thing to consider.

Wicken Bonhunt broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Wicken Bonhunt broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Wicken Bonhunt.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Wicken Bonhunt ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Wicken Bonhunt?

The average speed of broadband in Wicken Bonhunt is:

Wicken Bonhunt Average Download Speed Wicken Bonhunt Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Wicken Bonhunt, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Wicken Bonhunt property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Wicken Bonhunt.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Wicken Bonhunt

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Wicken Bonhunt is 01806. When making a call to someone in Wicken Bonhunt, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Wicken Bonhunt call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included with 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 are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 in Wicken Bonhunt

Residents of Wicken Bonhunt are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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 Wicken Bonhunt home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Wicken Bonhunt distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Wicken Bonhunt in this section.

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 Wicken Bonhunt

The electricity distribution network operator for Wicken Bonhunt 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 Wicken Bonhunt

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Wicken Bonhunt

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