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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bollington

If you just moved and have some questions about Bollington? Our complete guide to utilities in Bollington will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bollington water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bollington.

About Bollington, Cheshire

Bollington SK10 has a population of 7,373 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Bollington?

Bollington water services are provided by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bollington

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to discuss your Bollington water account.

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

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

You can also get in touch with United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the United Utilities website.

Customer that want to post 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

Price of water in Bollington

Water bill in Bollington

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

Metered Customers in Bollington

Customers that have a water meter at their Bollington 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 United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bollington home.

Unmetered Customers in Bollington

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bollington home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Bollington home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bollington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bollington 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Bollington 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 Bollington?

The average water bill Bollington residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Bollington water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you register your details with United Utilities, 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Bollington bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Bollington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bollington SK10, 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.

Bollington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bollington

Is tap water in Bollington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bollington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bollington:

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

How hard is the water in Bollington

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bollington contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Bollington.

Bollington No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bollington 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 Bollington.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Bollington water leak or flooding

Bollington water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Bollington home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Bollington property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call United Utilities 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 United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Bollington taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bollington water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bollington water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Bollington water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to United Utilities using the contact information above.

Broadband in Bollington SK10

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The speed of your internet connection at your Bollington home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Bollington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bollington Average Download Speed Bollington Average Upload Speed
71.95 Mbps 12.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bollington. 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 internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Bollington?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Bollington.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Bollington is the availability. Most homes in Bollington should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bollington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bollington
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 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 Bollington homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bollington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bollington.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Bollington broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bollington. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Bollington. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bollington Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Bollington must also be considered, with so many people that work 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 a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bollington home is something to think about.

Bollington broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Bollington broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bollington.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bollington have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Bollington?

The average speed of broadband in Bollington is:

Bollington Average Download Speed Bollington Average Upload Speed
71.95 Mbps 12.70 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Bollington, from which it is connected to your property 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 Bollington home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Bollington.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Bollington

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bollington is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bollington, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Bollington call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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.

Electricity and Gas in Bollington

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

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Bollington home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Bollington 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
Emergencies 105
Email ElectricityCustomerRelation@enwl.co.uk
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington

There are six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Bollington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Bollington

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Bollington, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Bollington.

Closest five municipalities to Bollington
Municipality Distance from Bollington
Pott Shrigley -
Macclesfield -
Rainow -
Handforth 5.22 miles