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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Cheadle Hulme

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

About Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire

Cheadle Hulme SK8 has a population of 24,362 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Cheadle Hulme?

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

How to reach your water provider in Cheadle Hulme

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

You can also get in touch 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
WA55 1SE

Price of water in Cheadle Hulme

Water bill in Cheadle Hulme

Water rates in Cheadle Hulme depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Cheadle Hulme water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Cheadle Hulme water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cheadle Hulme

Customers that have a water meter at their Cheadle Hulme property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Cheadle Hulme home.

Unmetered Customers in Cheadle Hulme

Customers who don't have a meter at their Cheadle Hulme home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Cheadle Hulme home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Cheadle Hulme will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cheadle Hulme water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Cheadle Hulme might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cheadle Hulme?

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

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How do I pay my Cheadle Hulme 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 Cheadle Hulme bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Cheadle Hulme?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cheadle Hulme 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 Hulme Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cheadle Hulme

Is the tap water in Cheadle Hulme safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cheadle Hulme come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cheadle Hulme:

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

How hard is the water in Cheadle Hulme

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 Cheadle Hulme is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Cheadle Hulme is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Cheadle Hulme 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. 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 Hulme.

Cheadle Hulme No Water

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

If there is no water at your Cheadle Hulme home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Cheadle Hulme.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Cheadle Hulme water leak or flooding

Cheadle Hulme water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Cheadle Hulme home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cheadle Hulme property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact 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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Cheadle Hulme taste strange?

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

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

Broadband in Cheadle Hulme SK8

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The broadband speed you get at your Cheadle Hulme home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Cheadle Hulme 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?

Cheadle Hulme Average Download Speed Cheadle Hulme 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 Hulme. 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 UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Cheadle Hulme?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service 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 Hulme.


The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Cheadle Hulme is the availability. The majority of homes in Cheadle Hulme should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast 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 Cheadle Hulme?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cheadle Hulme
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Cheadle Hulme homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cheadle Hulme.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cheadle Hulme.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cheadle Hulme broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Cheadle Hulme. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Cheadle Hulme. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Cheadle Hulme Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cheadle Hulme 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 keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

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

Cheadle Hulme broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Cheadle Hulme broadband connection 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Cheadle Hulme.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Cheadle Hulme?

The average broadband speed in Cheadle Hulme is:

Cheadle Hulme Average Download Speed Cheadle Hulme 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 means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Cheadle Hulme, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Cheadle Hulme property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Cheadle Hulme.

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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Cheadle Hulme

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cheadle Hulme is 0161. If you're calling somebody in Cheadle Hulme, and you are in a different area, you must add 0161 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0161 Cheadle Hulme call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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 making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Cheadle Hulme

People living in Cheadle Hulme are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cheadle Hulme home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Cheadle Hulme

The electricity distribution network operator for Cheadle Hulme 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

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
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Power Generation near Cheadle Hulme

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Cheadle Hulme

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

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