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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Widdington

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

About Widdington, Essex

Widdington CB11 has a population of 504 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Widdington?

Widdington 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 Widdington

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Widdington water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 Widdington

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

Metered Customers in Widdington

Customers with a water meter at their Widdington property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Affinity Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Widdington home.

Unmetered Customers in Widdington

Customers without a meter at their Widdington home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Widdington home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Widdington is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Widdington water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Widdington might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Widdington?

The average water bill Widdington residents are charged is £16.67 per month, which is £200 a year.

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How do I pay my Widdington water bill?

You will first 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 Widdington bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Widdington?

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

Widdington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Widdington

Is the tap water in Widdington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Widdington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Widdington:

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

Is the water hard in Widdington

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 Widdington is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Widdington is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Widdington contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Widdington.

  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.

Widdington No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Widdington home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Widdington.

If there is no water at your Widdington 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 Widdington.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Affinity Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Widdington water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Widdington property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

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

Why does the water in Widdington taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Widdington water this could be because of 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 Widdington water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Widdington water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Affinity Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Widdington CB11

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Widdington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Widdington Average Download Speed Widdington 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 Widdington. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Widdington?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Widdington.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Widdington is what's available. Whilst many homes in Widdington can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Widdington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Widdington
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Widdington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Widdington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Widdington.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Widdington broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Widdington. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 when you sign up for a internet connection in Widdington. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Widdington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Widdington should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Widdington home is going to be important.

Widdington broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Widdington broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Widdington.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Widdington?

The average internet speed in Widdington is:

Widdington Average Download Speed Widdington Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Widdington, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Widdington house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Widdington.

Frequent internet uses 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Widdington

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Widdington is 01806. If you call someone in Widdington, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Widdington call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes 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 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 Widdington

People living in Widdington can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Widdington home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Widdington distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Widdington 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 responsible for Widdington

The electricity distribution network operator for Widdington 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 Widdington

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

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 percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Widdington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Widdington, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Widdington.