A Complete Guide to Utilities in Broadbottom

If you just moved and have some questions about Broadbottom? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Broadbottom is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Broadbottom water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Broadbottom.

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About Broadbottom, Derbyshire

Broadbottom SK14 has a population of 1,022 and is located in the county of Derbyshire. Derbyshire has a population of 796,142 people.

Who supplies my water in Broadbottom?

Broadbottom water services are provided by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Broadbottom

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

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

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 send your request via 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
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Water rates in Broadbottom

Water bill in Broadbottom

Water rates in Broadbottom will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Broadbottom water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Broadbottom water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Broadbottom

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

Unmetered Customers in Broadbottom

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Broadbottom is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Broadbottom water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Broadbottom might work out 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 Broadbottom?

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

How do I pay my Broadbottom water bill?

You will first need to 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Broadbottom bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Broadbottom?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Broadbottom SK14, 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.

Broadbottom Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Broadbottom

Is water from the tap in Broadbottom safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Broadbottom come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Broadbottom:

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

How hard is the water in Broadbottom

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Broadbottom 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 extends their lifespan.

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

Broadbottom No Water

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

If there is no water at your Broadbottom home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Broadbottom.

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

  1. Check 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Broadbottom water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Broadbottom property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Broadbottom taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Broadbottom 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 impermeate the Broadbottom water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Broadbottom water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with United Utilities using the contact information above.

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Broadband Speed in Broadbottom SK14

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Broadbottom home can vary depending on 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
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Broadbottom 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?

Broadbottom Average Download Speed Broadbottom Average Upload Speed
73.88 Mbps 12.48 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Broadbottom. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Broadbottom?

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 might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Broadbottom.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Broadbottom is what's available. Most homes in Broadbottom should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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 Broadbottom?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Broadbottom
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Broadbottom homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Broadbottom.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Broadbottom.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Broadbottom broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Broadbottom. 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. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Broadbottom. 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.

Broadbottom Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Broadbottom must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

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 Broadbottom home is going to be important.

Broadbottom broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Broadbottom broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Broadbottom.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Broadbottom?

The average speed of broadband in Broadbottom is:

Broadbottom Average Download Speed Broadbottom Average Upload Speed
73.88 Mbps 12.48 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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Broadbottom, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Broadbottom house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Broadbottom.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Broadbottom

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Broadbottom is 01806. If you call someone in Broadbottom, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Broadbottom call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Broadbottom

Residents of Broadbottom are free 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 local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Broadbottom home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Broadbottom distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Broadbottom in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Broadbottom

The electricity distribution network operator for Broadbottom 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 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

Power Generation near Broadbottom

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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 is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Broadbottom

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

Closest five municipalities to Broadbottom
Municipality Distance from Broadbottom
Gee Cross -
Hollingworth -
Mottram -
Romiley 1.93 miles
Bredbury 1.93 miles