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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bredbury

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

About Bredbury, Cheshire

Bredbury SK6 has a population of 16,721 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Bredbury?

Bredbury water services are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bredbury

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many options to talk about your Bredbury water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

You can also get in touch with United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Bredbury

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

Metered Customers in Bredbury

Customers that have a water meter at their Bredbury 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 Bredbury home.

Unmetered Customers in Bredbury

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bredbury is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bredbury water rates would have been 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Bredbury could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bredbury?

The average water bill Bredbury residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Bredbury water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered with United Utilities, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Bredbury bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Bredbury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bredbury SK6, 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.

Bredbury Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bredbury

Is water from the tap in Bredbury safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bredbury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bredbury:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bredbury

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 Bredbury is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Bredbury is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bredbury contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Bredbury No Water

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

If there is no water at your Bredbury 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 Bredbury.

If your home has 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, 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bredbury water leak or flooding

Bredbury water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bredbury 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 Bredbury 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 problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Bredbury taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bredbury water this could be because of 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 impermeate the Bredbury water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bredbury water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Bredbury SK6

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The broadband speed you get at your Bredbury home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Bredbury with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bredbury Average Download Speed Bredbury Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Bredbury. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Bredbury?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bredbury.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bredbury is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bredbury should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre 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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bredbury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bredbury
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bredbury homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bredbury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bredbury.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bredbury broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bredbury. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Bredbury. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bredbury Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bredbury should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Bredbury home is something to think about.

Bredbury broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Bredbury broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bredbury.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bredbury have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Bredbury?

The average speed of broadband in Bredbury is:

Bredbury Average Download Speed Bredbury Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bredbury, it's then connected to your house 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 Bredbury property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes 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 what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Bredbury.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Bredbury

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bredbury is 0161. If you call someone in Bredbury, and you are not in the same area, you should add 0161 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0161 Bredbury call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bredbury

Residents of Bredbury are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local 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 connects your Bredbury home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Bredbury distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Bredbury below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bredbury

The electricity distribution network operator for Bredbury 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Bredbury

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Bredbury

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

Closest five municipalities to Bredbury
Municipality Distance from Bredbury
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Hyde 1.93 miles
Broadbottom 1.93 miles
Gee Cross 1.93 miles