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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bowdon

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

About Bowdon, Cheshire

Bowdon WA14 has a population of 9,228 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Bowdon?

Bowdon 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 Bowdon

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bowdon water issues.

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
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Write to United Utilities

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Cost of water in Bowdon

Water bill in Bowdon

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

Metered Customers in Bowdon

Customers that have a water meter at their Bowdon property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bowdon home.

Unmetered Customers in Bowdon

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bowdon home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bowdon home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bowdon will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bowdon water rates would have been 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, having a water meter installed at your Bowdon might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bowdon?

The average water bill Bowdon residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Bowdon water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 Bowdon bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Bowdon?

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

Bowdon Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Bowdon have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bowdon

Is the tap water in Bowdon safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bowdon come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bowdon:

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

How hard is the water in Bowdon

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 Bowdon is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Bowdon is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bowdon contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Bowdon.

Bowdon No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Bowdon home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Bowdon.

If there is no water at your Bowdon 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 Bowdon.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bowdon water leak or flooding

Bowdon water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bowdon 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 Bowdon property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Bowdon taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bowdon water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bowdon water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bowdon water.

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

Internet in Bowdon WA14

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Bowdon with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bowdon Average Download Speed Bowdon Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bowdon. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bowdon?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bowdon.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Bowdon is the availability. Most homes in Bowdon should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bowdon?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bowdon
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Bowdon homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bowdon.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bowdon.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bowdon broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Bowdon. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Bowdon. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bowdon Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Bowdon 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 keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bowdon home is going to be important.

Bowdon broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Bowdon broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bowdon.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Bowdon?

The average speed of broadband in Bowdon is:

Bowdon Average Download Speed Bowdon Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 a green box on your street in Bowdon, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bowdon home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Bowdon.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, 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 Bowdon

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bowdon is 0161. If you're calling somebody in Bowdon, and you are in a different area, you must add 0161 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0161 Bowdon call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bowdon

People living in Bowdon can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Bowdon distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bowdon 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 for Bowdon

The electricity distribution network operator for Bowdon 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 Bowdon

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as 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 Bowdon

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Bowdon, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Bowdon.