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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bromborough

If you've moved and have questions about Bromborough? Our complete guide to utilities in Bromborough will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bromborough water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bromborough.

About Bromborough, Cheshire

Bromborough CH62 has a population of 14,850 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Bromborough?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bromborough

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Bromborough water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone 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

Water rates in Bromborough

Water bill in Bromborough

Water rates in Bromborough will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Bromborough water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Bromborough water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bromborough

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bromborough property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Bromborough home.

Unmetered Customers in Bromborough

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bromborough home will pay 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 Bromborough home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bromborough will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bromborough 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Bromborough might work out cheaper.

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 Bromborough?

The average water bill Bromborough residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Bromborough water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you've registered with United Utilities, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Bromborough bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Bromborough?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bromborough CH62, 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.

Bromborough Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bromborough

Is the tap water in Bromborough safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bromborough come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bromborough:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bromborough

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 Bromborough is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Bromborough is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bromborough contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Bromborough.

Bromborough No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they often post incident 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.

Bromborough water leak or flooding

Bromborough water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bromborough 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 Bromborough property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call United Utilities whether the problem is with clean 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 Bromborough taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Bromborough 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 Bromborough water.

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

Broadband in Bromborough CH62

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The broadband speed you get at your Bromborough home depends 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Bromborough with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bromborough Average Download Speed Bromborough Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Bromborough. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Bromborough?

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 worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Bromborough.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bromborough is what's available. Whilst many homes in Bromborough can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bromborough?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bromborough
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Bromborough homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bromborough.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bromborough.
    • 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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Bromborough broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Bromborough. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Bromborough. 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 which affects millions of BT customers.

Bromborough Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bromborough must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bromborough home will be an important thing to consider.

Bromborough broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Bromborough broadband internet is really important. 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Bromborough.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bromborough have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Bromborough?

The average internet speed in Bromborough is:

Bromborough Average Download Speed Bromborough Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 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 - 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bromborough, from there it's connected to your home 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 Bromborough house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant 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 Bromborough.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Bromborough

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bromborough is 0151. When making a call to someone in Bromborough, and you are not in the same area, you must add 0151 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0151 Bromborough call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the 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 a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Bromborough

People living in Bromborough are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the Bromborough distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bromborough 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 in Bromborough

The electricity distribution network operator for Bromborough is SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales. You can find the SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales contact details in the table below:

SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales Contact Information
General Enquiries 0330 101 0444
Emergencies 0800 001 5400
Email customercare@spenergynetworks.com
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 3 Prenton Way
Prenton

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
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Power Generation near Bromborough

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

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 fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bromborough

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Bromborough, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Bromborough.

Closest five municipalities to Bromborough
Municipality Distance from Bromborough
Port Sunlight -
Eastham -
New Ferry -
Little Sutton 2.12 miles
Childer Thornton 2.12 miles