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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Writtle

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

About Writtle, Essex

Writtle CM1 has a population of 4,840 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Writtle?

Writtle water services are provided by Affinity Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Affinity Water, Anglian Water, and Essex & Suffolk Water:

How to reach your water providers in Writtle

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Writtle water problems.

Affinity Water contact numbers

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

Affinity Water contact number Affinity Water Emergency contact number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Anglian Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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

Essex & Suffolk Water contact numbers

In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Essex & Suffolk Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water, Anglian Water, Essex & Suffolk Water, or is just one method of contact to talk about your Writtle water problems.

Write to Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water

You can also write to Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Affinity Water, Anglian Water or Essex & Suffolk Water website.

Affinity Water

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

Affinity Water Address
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

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

If you want 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 send 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 want to email Essex & Suffolk Water, you must use the following email address:

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

Price of water in Writtle

Water bill in Writtle

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

Metered Customers in Writtle

Customers that have a water meter at their Writtle 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 Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Writtle home.

Unmetered Customers in Writtle

Customers who don't have a meter at their Writtle 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 Writtle home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Writtle will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Writtle 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Writtle may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Writtle?

The average water bill Writtle residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Essex & Suffolk Water £20.50 £246
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How do I pay my Writtle water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Writtle bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk 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 Writtle?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Writtle CM1, your water suppliers are Affinity Water, 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.

Writtle Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Writtle

Is the tap water in Writtle safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Writtle come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Writtle:

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

Is the water hard in Writtle

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Writtle contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Writtle.

  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.

Writtle No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Writtle home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Writtle.

If there is no water at your Writtle 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 Writtle.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Affinity Water, 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.

Writtle water leak or flooding

Writtle water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Writtle 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 Writtle property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water, Anglian Water, or Essex & Suffolk Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Writtle taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Writtle CM1

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Writtle home depends on several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Writtle with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Writtle Average Download Speed Writtle Average Upload Speed
67.00 Mbps 16.53 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Writtle. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 this type of connection is the only one currently available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Writtle.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Writtle is the availability. Whilst many homes in Writtle 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Writtle?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Writtle
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Writtle homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Writtle.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Writtle.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Writtle broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Writtle. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Writtle. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Writtle Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Writtle must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, 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 playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Writtle home will be an important thing to consider.

Writtle broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Writtle internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Writtle.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Writtle?

The average speed of broadband in Writtle is:

Writtle Average Download Speed Writtle Average Upload Speed
67.00 Mbps 16.53 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Writtle, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Writtle property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when getting connected in Writtle.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Writtle

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

How much does an 01806 Writtle call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Writtle

Residents of Writtle are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Writtle home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Writtle distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Writtle right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Writtle

The electricity distribution network operator for Writtle 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 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 Writtle

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

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 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 the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Writtle

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

Closest five municipalities to Writtle
Municipality Distance from Writtle
Stock 4.89 miles
Blackmore 4.89 miles
Fryerning 4.89 miles
Ingatestone 4.89 miles