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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Witnesham

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

About Witnesham, Suffolk

Witnesham IP6 has a population of 309 and is located in the county of Suffolk. Suffolk has a population of 760,472 people.

Who supplies my water in Witnesham?

Witnesham water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Witnesham

Speaking to an advisor at Anglian Water is one of many options to talk about your Witnesham water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water contact number Anglian Water Emergency contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Anglian Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Anglian Water website.

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

Customers that would rather email Anglian Water, you should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Witnesham

Water bill in Witnesham

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

Metered Customers in Witnesham

Customers that have a water meter at their Witnesham 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Witnesham home.

Unmetered Customers in Witnesham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Witnesham home have 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 Witnesham home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Witnesham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Witnesham 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Witnesham could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Witnesham?

The average water bill Witnesham residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Witnesham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Anglian Water. After you register your details with Anglian 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Witnesham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Witnesham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Witnesham IP6, 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.

Witnesham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Witnesham

Is tap water in Witnesham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Witnesham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Witnesham:

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

How hard is the water in Witnesham

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Witnesham 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

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Witnesham.

  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.

Witnesham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Witnesham 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 Witnesham.

If there is no water at your Witnesham 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 Witnesham.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Anglian Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Anglian Water, they will often tweet 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.

Witnesham water leak or flooding

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

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

Why does the water in Witnesham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Witnesham 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 infuse the Witnesham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Witnesham water.

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

Broadband in Witnesham IP6

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Witnesham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Witnesham Average Download Speed Witnesham Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Witnesham. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes 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.

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

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. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Witnesham.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Witnesham is what's available. Whilst many homes in Witnesham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Witnesham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Witnesham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, 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 older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Witnesham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Witnesham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Witnesham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Witnesham broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Witnesham. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Witnesham. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Witnesham Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Witnesham also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your 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 Witnesham home will be an important thing to consider.

Witnesham broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Witnesham broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Witnesham.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Witnesham have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Witnesham?

The average broadband speed in Witnesham is:

Witnesham Average Download Speed Witnesham Average Upload Speed
61.70 Mbps 12.77 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Witnesham, 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 Witnesham home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Witnesham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Witnesham

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

How much does an 01806 Witnesham call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling 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.

Electricity and Gas in Witnesham

Residents of Witnesham can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Witnesham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Witnesham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Witnesham below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Witnesham

The electricity distribution network operator for Witnesham 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 Witnesham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Witnesham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Witnesham, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Witnesham.

Closest five municipalities to Witnesham
Municipality Distance from Witnesham
Claydon -
Henley -
Barham -
Needham Market -
Little Bealings 3.22 miles