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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Witham

If you've moved and have questions about Witham? Our utilities guide to Witham will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Witham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Witham.

About Witham, Essex

Witham CM8 has a population of 25,353 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Witham?

Witham water services are provided by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Witham

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Witham water account.

Anglian Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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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Essex & Suffolk Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Essex & Suffolk Water telephone number Essex & Suffolk Water Emergency telephone number
0345 782 0111 0800 526 337
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am to 1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also write to Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to write 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

If you would like to email Anglian Water, you must use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Essex & Suffolk Water

If you prefer to write a letter to Essex & Suffolk Water can do so by writing to the Essex & Suffolk Water address below:

Essex & Suffolk Water Address
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria House, Abbey Road
DH1 5FJ
Durham

If you would like to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

Essex & Suffolk Water Email Address
webcustaccs@eswater.co.uk

Cost of water in Witham

Water bill in Witham

Water rates in Witham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Witham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Witham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Witham

Customers that have a water meter at their Witham home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Witham home.

Unmetered Customers in Witham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Witham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Witham home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Witham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Witham water rates would 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 Witham could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Witham?

The average water bill Witham residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Witham water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water. After you register your details with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Witham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk 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 Witham?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Witham CM8, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk 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.

Witham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Witham

Is tap water in Witham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Witham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Witham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Witham

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 Witham is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Witham is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Witham contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Witham.

  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.

Witham No Water

If you have no water in your Witham home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Witham.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Witham water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Witham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

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

Why does the water in Witham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Witham 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 affect it by infusing your Witham water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Witham water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Witham CM8

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The speed of your internet connection at your Witham home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Witham Average Download Speed Witham Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 17.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Witham. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Witham?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Witham.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Witham is the availability. Whilst many homes in Witham should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Witham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Witham
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Witham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Witham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Witham.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Witham broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Witham. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Witham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Witham Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Witham must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

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 Witham home is something to think about.

Witham broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Witham internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Witham.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Witham have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Witham?

The average internet speed in Witham is:

Witham Average Download Speed Witham Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 17.40 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Witham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Witham home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Witham.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Witham

Corded telephone area code Witham

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

How much does an 01806 Witham call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Witham

Residents of Witham can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Witham home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Witham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Witham 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 responsible for Witham

The electricity distribution network operator for Witham 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 Witham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Witham

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Witham, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Witham.

Closest five municipalities to Witham
Municipality Distance from Witham
Tolleshunt D'Arcy 5.2 miles
Tolleshunt Knights 5.2 miles
Tollesbury 5.2 miles
Rayne 6.71 miles
Great Notley 6.71 miles