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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Withersfield

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

About Withersfield, Essex

Withersfield CB9 has a population of 450 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Withersfield?

Withersfield water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Withersfield

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is one of many options to talk about your Withersfield water issues.

Anglian Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone 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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Cambridge Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Cambridge Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Cambridge Water phone number Cambridge Water Emergency phone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

If you prefer to send 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 should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cambridge Water

If you prefer to send a letter to Cambridge Water can do so by writing to the Cambridge Water address below:

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG

Price of water in Withersfield

Water bill in Withersfield

Water rates in Withersfield will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Withersfield water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Withersfield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Withersfield

Customers with a water meter at their Withersfield house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Withersfield home.

Unmetered Customers in Withersfield

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Withersfield home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Withersfield home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Withersfield will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Withersfield water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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 Withersfield could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Withersfield?

The average water bill Withersfield residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148
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How do I pay my Withersfield water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water or Cambridge 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Withersfield bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Anglian Water or Cambridge Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Withersfield?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Withersfield CB9, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge 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.

Withersfield Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Withersfield

Is water from the tap in Withersfield safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Withersfield. You can rest assured that Withersfield water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Withersfield water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Withersfield water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Withersfield come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Withersfield:

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

How hard is the water in Withersfield

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 Withersfield is more than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Withersfield is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Withersfield contains a higher amount 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Withersfield.

  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.

Withersfield No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Withersfield home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Withersfield.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Cambridge Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Cambridge 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Withersfield water leak or flooding

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

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

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

Why does the water in Withersfield taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Withersfield water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Withersfield water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Withersfield water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Withersfield CB9

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Withersfield with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Withersfield Average Download Speed Withersfield Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Withersfield. 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, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Withersfield?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Withersfield.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Withersfield is what's available. Most homes in Withersfield should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Withersfield?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Withersfield
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Withersfield homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Withersfield.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Withersfield.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Withersfield broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Withersfield. 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. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Withersfield. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Withersfield Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Withersfield also needs consideration, 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.

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 Withersfield home is going to be important.

Withersfield broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Withersfield broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Withersfield.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Withersfield ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Withersfield?

The average speed of broadband in Withersfield is:

Withersfield Average Download Speed Withersfield Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Withersfield, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Withersfield property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Withersfield.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Withersfield

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

How much does an 01806 Withersfield call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Withersfield

Residents in Withersfield are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local 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 Withersfield home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Withersfield distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Withersfield 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 in Withersfield

The electricity distribution network operator for Withersfield 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 Withersfield

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Withersfield

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Withersfield, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Withersfield.

Closest five municipalities to Withersfield
Municipality Distance from Withersfield
Steeple Bumpstead 0.01 miles
Little Wratting 0.01 miles
Little Thurlow 0.01 miles
Little Bradley 0.01 miles
Kedington 0.01 miles