A Complete Guide to Utilities in Altrincham
If you just moved and have some questions about Altrincham? Our complete guide to utilities in Altrincham will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Altrincham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Altrincham.
About Altrincham, Cheshire
Altrincham WA14 has a population of 52,419 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.
Who supplies my water in Altrincham?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Altrincham
Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many options to discuss your Altrincham water problems.
In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.
|United Utilities contact number||United Utilities Emergency contact number|
|0345 672 2888||0345 672 3723|
|Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365|
Moving to Altrincham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Write to United Utilities
You can also get in touch with United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the United Utilities website.
If you prefer to write a letter to United Utilities can do so by writing to the United Utilities address below:
|United Utilities Address|
|United Utilities, PO Box 453
Cost of water in Altrincham
Water rates in Altrincham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Altrincham water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Altrincham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Altrincham
Customers with a water meter at their Altrincham property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Altrincham home.
Unmetered Customers in Altrincham
Customers who don't have a meter at their Altrincham home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Altrincham home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Altrincham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Altrincham water prices were 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, installing a water meter at your Altrincham might work out cheaper.
Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.
How much is the average water bill in Altrincham?
The average water bill Altrincham residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.
Expensive Altrincham water bills?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to save on other home bills.
How do I pay my Altrincham water bill?
You will first need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered with United Utilities, 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 Altrincham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your United Utilities 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 Altrincham?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Altrincham WA14, your water supplier is United Utilities.
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.
Altrincham Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Altrincham have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Altrincham
Is the tap water in Altrincham safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Altrincham. You can rest assured that Altrincham water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Altrincham water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Altrincham water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Altrincham come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Altrincham:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Altrincham
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 Altrincham is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Altrincham is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Altrincham contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.
Water softener isn't needed at your home in Altrincham.
Altrincham No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Altrincham 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 Altrincham.
If there is no water at your Altrincham home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Altrincham.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Altrincham water leak or flooding
Altrincham water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Altrincham 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 Altrincham property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Ring United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Altrincham taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Altrincham water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Altrincham water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Altrincham water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.
Broadband Speed in Altrincham WA14
The broadband speed you get at your Altrincham home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Location of the router in your home
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Altrincham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Altrincham Average Download Speed||Altrincham Average Upload Speed|
|60.30 Mbps||12.60 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Altrincham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Altrincham. 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 UK households.
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 searching for a broadband provider in Altrincham?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Altrincham.
The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Altrincham is the availability. The majority of homes in Altrincham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.
Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Altrincham?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Altrincham
- We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband means the download speed that's 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 delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Altrincham homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Altrincham.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Altrincham?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Altrincham broadband price
You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Altrincham. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Altrincham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Altrincham Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Altrincham should 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 keep up to date with work your 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 Altrincham home will be an important thing to consider.
Altrincham broadband customer support
Lastly, the technical support for your Altrincham broadband connection is really important. You might 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 in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Altrincham.
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Altrincham ask about their broadband.
Broadband Internet FAQs
Is the internet fast in Altrincham?
The average broadband speed in Altrincham is:
|Altrincham Average Download Speed||Altrincham Average Upload Speed|
|60.30 Mbps||12.60 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.
- 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Altrincham, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Altrincham home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
What broadband speed do I need?
That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Altrincham.
|Frequent internet uses||Recommended Download 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, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
What's the telephone area code for Altrincham
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Altrincham is 0161. If you're calling somebody in Altrincham, and you are in a different area, you should add 0161 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 0161 Altrincham call cost?
If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the 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 unexpected charges on your bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Altrincham
People living in Altrincham are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.
These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Altrincham home to the gas and electricity networks.
More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Altrincham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Altrincham in this section.
You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Altrincham
The electricity distribution network operator for Altrincham is Electricity North West. You can find the Electricity North West contact details in the table below:
|Electricity North West Contact Information|
|General Enquiries||0800 195 4141|
|Address||304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Altrincham?
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Power Generation near Altrincham
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Altrincham.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Altrincham
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Altrincham, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Altrincham.