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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Woodford Green

Are you moving and want to know more about Woodford Green? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Woodford Green will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Woodford Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Woodford Green.

About Woodford Green, Essex

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

Who supplies my water in Woodford Green?

Woodford Green water utilities are supplied by Thames Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Thames Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Woodford Green

Speaking to an advisor at Thames Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Woodford Green water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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, you have the choice of posting 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

If you want to email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Woodford Green

Water bill in Woodford Green

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

Metered Customers in Woodford Green

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Woodford Green house will pay an annual fixed 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 Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Woodford Green

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Woodford Green will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Woodford Green 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Woodford Green may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Woodford Green?

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

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How do I pay my Woodford Green water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Thames Water. After you register your details with Thames 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 Woodford Green bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Thames 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 Woodford Green?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Woodford Green 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 Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Woodford Green

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

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

Where does the water in Woodford Green come from?

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

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

Is the water hard in Woodford Green

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Woodford Green 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up 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 Woodford Green.

  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 Green No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Woodford Green home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Woodford Green.

If there is no water at your Woodford Green home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Woodford Green.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Thames 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Woodford Green water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Woodford Green taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Woodford Green water this could be down to 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 Green water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Woodford Green water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Woodford Green IG8

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed 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 connection speed for Woodford Green 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?

Woodford Green Average Download Speed Woodford Green Average Upload Speed
84.40 Mbps 13.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Woodford Green. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available 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's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Woodford Green?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Woodford Green.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Woodford Green is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Woodford Green should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Woodford Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Woodford Green
    • We can split fibre connections 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 broadband internet connection comes with downloads 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Woodford Green homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Woodford Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Woodford Green.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Woodford Green broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Woodford Green. There are many providers 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 commit to a internet service in Woodford Green. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Woodford Green Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Woodford Green also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Woodford Green home is something to think about.

Woodford Green broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Woodford Green internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Woodford Green.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Woodford Green have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Woodford Green?

The average broadband speed in Woodford Green is:

Woodford Green Average Download Speed Woodford Green Average Upload Speed
84.40 Mbps 13.10 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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Woodford Green, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Woodford Green home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Woodford Green.

Main 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Woodford Green

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Woodford Green is 020. When making a call to someone in Woodford Green, and you're located in a different region, you should add 020 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 020 Woodford Green call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Woodford Green

Residents in Woodford Green are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the Woodford Green distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Woodford Green right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Woodford Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Woodford Green 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Woodford Green

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources 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 Near Woodford Green

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Woodford Green, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Woodford Green.

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