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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Woodford Bridge

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

About Woodford Bridge, Essex

Woodford Bridge IG8 is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Woodford Bridge?

Woodford Bridge water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Woodford Bridge

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many options to discuss your Woodford Bridge water problems.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water phone number Thames Water Emergency phone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Thames Water

You can also write to Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

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

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

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

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Water rates in Woodford Bridge

Water bill in Woodford Bridge

Water rates in Woodford Bridge depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Woodford Bridge water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Woodford Bridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Woodford Bridge

Customers that have a water meter at their Woodford Bridge home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Woodford Bridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Woodford Bridge

Customers without a meter at their Woodford Bridge 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 Woodford Bridge home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Woodford Bridge is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Woodford Bridge 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? 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 Woodford Bridge might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Woodford Bridge?

The average water bill Woodford Bridge residents are charged is £19.33 per month, which is £232 per year.

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How do I pay my Woodford Bridge water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. After you've registered with Thames 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Woodford Bridge bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Thames 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 Woodford Bridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Woodford Bridge IG8, your water supplier is Thames 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.

Woodford Bridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Woodford Bridge

Is water from the tap in Woodford Bridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Woodford Bridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Woodford Bridge:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Woodford Bridge

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Woodford Bridge contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Woodford Bridge.

  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.

Woodford Bridge No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Woodford Bridge home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Woodford Bridge.

If there is no water at your Woodford Bridge home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Woodford Bridge.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Thames 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.

Woodford Bridge water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Thames 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 Thames Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Woodford Bridge taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Woodford Bridge 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 infuse the Woodford Bridge water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Woodford Bridge water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Woodford Bridge IG8

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The broadband speed you get at your Woodford Bridge home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Woodford Bridge with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Woodford Bridge Average Download Speed Woodford Bridge Average Upload Speed
84.40 Mbps 13.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Woodford Bridge. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Woodford Bridge?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Woodford Bridge.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Woodford Bridge is the availability. Most homes in Woodford Bridge should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Woodford Bridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Woodford Bridge
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Woodford Bridge homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Woodford Bridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Woodford Bridge.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Woodford Bridge broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Woodford Bridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Woodford Bridge. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Woodford Bridge Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Woodford Bridge also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Woodford Bridge home will be an important thing to consider.

Woodford Bridge broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Woodford Bridge internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will 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 can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Woodford Bridge.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Woodford Bridge?

The average broadband speed in Woodford Bridge is:

Woodford Bridge Average Download Speed Woodford Bridge Average Upload Speed
84.40 Mbps 13.10 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Woodford Bridge, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Woodford Bridge property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Woodford Bridge.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Woodford Bridge

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Woodford Bridge is 020. When making a call to someone in Woodford Bridge, and you are in a different area, you should add 020 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 020 Woodford Bridge call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Woodford Bridge

Residents of Woodford Bridge are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, 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 connects your Woodford Bridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Woodford Bridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Woodford Bridge is UK Power Networks - London. You can find the UK Power Networks - London contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - London 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 Woodford Bridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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 generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Woodford Bridge

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Woodford Bridge, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Woodford Bridge.

Closest five municipalities to Woodford Bridge
Municipality Distance from Woodford Bridge
South Woodford 1.24 miles
Woodford 1.24 miles
Walthamstow 1.6 miles
Sewardstone 2.06 miles
Chingford 2.06 miles