A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bridgehall

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

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About Bridgehall, Greater Manchester

Bridgehall SK3 is located in the county of Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester has a population of 2,812,569 people.

Who supplies my water in Bridgehall?

Bridgehall water services are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bridgehall

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to deal with your Bridgehall 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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Additionally, you can communicate 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 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
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Price of water in Bridgehall

Water bill in Bridgehall

Water rates in Bridgehall will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Bridgehall water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Bridgehall water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bridgehall

Customers with a water meter at their Bridgehall house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 cover the consumption at your Bridgehall home.

Unmetered Customers in Bridgehall

Customers without a meter at their Bridgehall home have 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 Bridgehall home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bridgehall will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bridgehall 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 Bridgehall could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Bridgehall?

The average water bill Bridgehall residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

How do I pay my Bridgehall water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Bridgehall bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your United Utilities account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bridgehall?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bridgehall SK3, 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.

Bridgehall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bridgehall

Is the tap water in Bridgehall safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bridgehall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bridgehall:

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

Is the water hard in Bridgehall

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 Bridgehall is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Bridgehall is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bridgehall contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Bridgehall No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Bridgehall home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Bridgehall.

If there is no water at your Bridgehall home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Bridgehall.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet 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.

Bridgehall water leak or flooding

Bridgehall water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bridgehall 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 Bridgehall 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, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bridgehall taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bridgehall water this could be down 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 infuse the Bridgehall water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bridgehall 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.

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Broadband in Bridgehall SK3

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bridgehall with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bridgehall Average Download Speed Bridgehall Average Upload Speed
106.05 Mbps 16.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bridgehall. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bridgehall.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Bridgehall is what's available. The majority of homes in Bridgehall should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bridgehall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bridgehall
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bridgehall homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bridgehall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bridgehall.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Bridgehall broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Bridgehall. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Bridgehall. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bridgehall Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bridgehall should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bridgehall home is something to think about.

Bridgehall broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Bridgehall broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Bridgehall.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bridgehall ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bridgehall?

The average internet speed in Bridgehall is:

Bridgehall Average Download Speed Bridgehall Average Upload Speed
106.05 Mbps 16.00 Mbps

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

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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Bridgehall, 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 Bridgehall home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Bridgehall.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Bridgehall

Corded telephone area code Bridgehall

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bridgehall is 0161. If you call someone in Bridgehall, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 0161 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0161 Bridgehall call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Bridgehall

Residents in Bridgehall are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bridgehall home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bridgehall

The electricity distribution network operator for Bridgehall 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington
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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

Power Generation near Bridgehall

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

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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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bridgehall

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Bridgehall, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Bridgehall.

Closest five municipalities to Bridgehall
Municipality Distance from Bridgehall
Davenport 0.01 miles
Edgeley 0.01 miles
Adswood 0.01 miles
Stockport 0.32 miles