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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Broadheath

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

About Broadheath, Cheshire

Broadheath WA14 has a population of 12,538 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Broadheath?

Broadheath water services are provided by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Broadheath

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Broadheath water issues.

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

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities, by composing 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 Broadheath

Water bill in Broadheath

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

Metered Customers in Broadheath

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

Unmetered Customers in Broadheath

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Broadheath is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Broadheath water rates will 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Broadheath 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 Broadheath?

The average water bill Broadheath residents are being charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Broadheath water bill?

First of all, you will 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Broadheath bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Broadheath?

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

Broadheath Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Broadheath

Is water from the tap in Broadheath safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Broadheath come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Broadheath:

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

Is the water hard in Broadheath

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 in Broadheath is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Broadheath is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Broadheath contains a minimal level 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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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Broadheath.

Broadheath No Water

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

If there is no water at your Broadheath 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 Broadheath.

If your home has no 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Broadheath water leak or flooding

Broadheath water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Broadheath home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Broadheath taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Broadheath water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Broadheath water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Broadheath water.

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

Internet in Broadheath WA14

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Broadheath with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Broadheath Average Download Speed Broadheath Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Broadheath. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Broadheath?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Broadheath.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Broadheath is what's available. The majority of homes in Broadheath should have access to superfast' or fibre 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Broadheath?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Broadheath
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Broadheath homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Broadheath.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Broadheath.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Broadheath broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Broadheath. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Broadheath. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Broadheath Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Broadheath must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Broadheath home is going to be important.

Broadheath broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Broadheath broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Broadheath.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Broadheath?

The average speed of broadband in Broadheath is:

Broadheath Average Download Speed Broadheath Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Broadheath, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Broadheath home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Broadheath.

Usual Internet habits 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Broadheath

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Broadheath is 0161. When making a call to someone in Broadheath, and you're located in a different region, you should add 0161 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0161 Broadheath call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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.

Electricity and Gas in Broadheath

People living in Broadheath can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Broadheath home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Broadheath distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Broadheath 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 Broadheath

The electricity distribution network operator for Broadheath 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 Broadheath

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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.

Municipalities Close By Broadheath

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Broadheath, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Broadheath.