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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cheadle

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

About Cheadle, Cheshire

Cheadle SK8 has a population of 14,261 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Cheadle?

Cheadle water services are provided by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cheadle

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to talk about your Cheadle water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Cheadle

Water bill in Cheadle

Water rates in Cheadle depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Cheadle water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Cheadle water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cheadle

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cheadle 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 Cheadle home.

Unmetered Customers in Cheadle

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Cheadle will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Cheadle 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Cheadle might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cheadle?

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

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How do I pay my Cheadle water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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 Cheadle bill. While some customers like an 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 Cheadle?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cheadle SK8, 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.

Cheadle Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cheadle

Is the tap water in Cheadle safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cheadle come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cheadle:

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

How hard is the water in Cheadle

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Cheadle contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Cheadle No Water

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

If there is no water at your Cheadle home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cheadle.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. 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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Cheadle water leak or flooding

Cheadle water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Cheadle 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 Cheadle 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 can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Cheadle taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Cheadle 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 infuse the Cheadle water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cheadle water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Cheadle SK8

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Cheadle home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cheadle with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Cheadle Average Download Speed Cheadle Average Upload Speed
88.97 Mbps 14.27 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Cheadle. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Cheadle?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Cheadle.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Cheadle is the availability. Most homes in Cheadle should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes 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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Cheadle?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Cheadle
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cheadle homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cheadle.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cheadle.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cheadle broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Cheadle. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Cheadle. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cheadle Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Cheadle must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Cheadle home is going to be important.

Cheadle broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Cheadle broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Cheadle.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cheadle have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Cheadle?

The average speed of broadband in Cheadle is:

Cheadle Average Download Speed Cheadle Average Upload Speed
88.97 Mbps 14.27 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Cheadle, 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 Cheadle property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Cheadle.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
Up to 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Cheadle

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

How much does an 0161 Cheadle call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain 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 telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cheadle

Residents of Cheadle are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Cheadle home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Cheadle distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Cheadle in this section.

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 Cheadle

The electricity distribution network operator for Cheadle 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 Cheadle

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Cheadle

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Cheadle, we've found the five closest municipalities to Cheadle.

Closest five municipalities to Cheadle
Municipality Distance from Cheadle
Heald Green -
Cheadle Hulme -
Bridgehall 1.98 miles
Davenport 1.98 miles