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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blacon

Are you moving and want to know more about Blacon? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Blacon is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Blacon water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Blacon.

About Blacon, Cheshire

Blacon CH1 has a population of 13,495 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Blacon?

Blacon water services are provided by Dee Valley Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, and United Utilities:

How to reach your water providers in Blacon

Calling a phone number for Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water or Severn Trent is one of many contact methods to talk about your Blacon water issues.

Dee Valley Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Dee Valley Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dee Valley Water phone number Dee Valley Water Emergency phone number
0330 678 0679 0800 085 8033
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water phone number Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Emergency phone number
0800 052 0145 0800 052 0130
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Severn Trent telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent phone number Severn Trent Emergency phone number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

United Utilities telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone number
0345 672 2888 0345 672 3723
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Calling a phone number for Dee Valley Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Blacon water issues.

Write to Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities

Additionally, you can communicate with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities website.

Dee Valley Water

If you want to email Dee Valley Water, you should use the following email address:

Dee Valley Water Email Address
waterregulations@hafrendyfrdwy.co.uk

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

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

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Address
PO Box 690
Cardiff
CF3 5WL

If you want to email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you should use the following email address:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
company.secretary@dwrcymru.com

Severn Trent

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

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

If you want to email Severn Trent, you should use the following email address:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

United Utilities

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

United Utilities Address
United Utilities, PO Box 453
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Water rates in Blacon

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

Metered Customers in Blacon

Customers with a water meter at their Blacon home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Blacon home.

Unmetered Customers in Blacon

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Blacon will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Blacon water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Blacon may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Blacon?

The average water bill Blacon residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
Dee Valley Water - -
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water £15.17 £182
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
United Utilities £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Blacon water bill?

You will first need to register with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities. Once you've registered an account with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or 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 Blacon bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Blacon?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blacon CH1, your water suppliers are Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent and 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.

Blacon Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blacon

Is tap water in Blacon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blacon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blacon:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Blacon

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 Blacon is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Blacon is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Blacon contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Blacon.

Blacon No Water

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

If there is no water at your Blacon home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Blacon.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Blacon water leak or flooding

Blacon water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Blacon home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Blacon property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Blacon taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Blacon 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 Blacon 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 Blacon water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Blacon CH1

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Blacon 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're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Blacon 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?

Blacon Average Download Speed Blacon Average Upload Speed
83.20 Mbps 16.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Blacon. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Blacon?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Blacon.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Blacon is the availability. Whilst many homes in Blacon should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Blacon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Blacon
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Blacon homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Blacon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Blacon.
    • 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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Blacon broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Blacon. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Blacon. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Blacon Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Blacon must also be considered, with many of us 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 can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Blacon home is going to be important.

Blacon broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Blacon broadband internet 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Blacon.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Blacon ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Blacon?

The average internet speed in Blacon is:

Blacon Average Download Speed Blacon Average Upload Speed
83.20 Mbps 16.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 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 Blacon, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Blacon home. 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 pick for a broadband service in Blacon.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Blacon

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Blacon is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blacon, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Blacon call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your 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, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Blacon

Residents of Blacon are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Blacon distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Blacon 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 in Blacon

The electricity distribution network operator for Blacon is SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales. You can find the SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales contact details in the table below:

SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales Contact Information
General Enquiries 0330 101 0444
Emergencies 0800 001 5400
Email customercare@spenergynetworks.com
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 3 Prenton Way
Prenton

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 Blacon

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Blacon

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

Closest five municipalities to Blacon
Municipality Distance from Blacon
Capenhurst -
Higher Ferry -
Chester -
Moston 2 miles
Mickle Trafford 2 miles