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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Childer Thornton

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

About Childer Thornton, Cheshire

Childer Thornton CH66 is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Childer Thornton?

Childer Thornton water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Childer Thornton

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many options to deal with your Childer Thornton 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
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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 even send your message through the United Utilities website.

If you prefer to send 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 Childer Thornton

Water bill in Childer Thornton

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

Metered Customers in Childer Thornton

Customers that have a water meter at their Childer Thornton house will pay an annual fixed 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Childer Thornton home.

Unmetered Customers in Childer Thornton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Childer Thornton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Childer Thornton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Childer Thornton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Childer Thornton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Childer Thornton 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 Childer Thornton?

The average water bill Childer Thornton residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Childer Thornton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 Childer Thornton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Childer Thornton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Childer Thornton CH66, 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.

Childer Thornton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Childer Thornton

Is tap water in Childer Thornton safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Childer Thornton. You can rest assured that Childer Thornton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Childer Thornton water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Childer Thornton water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Childer Thornton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Childer Thornton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Childer Thornton

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 Childer Thornton is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Childer Thornton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Childer Thornton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Childer Thornton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Childer Thornton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Childer Thornton.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. In this case you should try the following 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. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Childer Thornton water leak or flooding

Childer Thornton water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Childer Thornton home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Childer Thornton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 Childer Thornton taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Childer Thornton water this may be due to 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 Childer Thornton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Childer Thornton water.

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

Broadband in Childer Thornton CH66

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The speed of your internet connection at your Childer Thornton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Childer Thornton 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?

Childer Thornton Average Download Speed Childer Thornton Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Childer Thornton. 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 UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Childer Thornton?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Childer Thornton.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Childer Thornton is the availability. The majority of homes in Childer Thornton should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Childer Thornton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Childer Thornton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet 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 Childer Thornton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Childer Thornton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Childer Thornton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Childer Thornton broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Childer Thornton. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Childer Thornton. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Childer Thornton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Childer Thornton also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Childer Thornton home is going to be important.

Childer Thornton broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Childer Thornton broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Childer Thornton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Childer Thornton?

The average internet speed in Childer Thornton is:

Childer Thornton Average Download Speed Childer Thornton Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 boxes on your street in Childer Thornton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Childer Thornton home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Childer Thornton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Childer Thornton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Childer Thornton is 0151. If you're calling somebody in Childer Thornton, and you are in a different area, you must add 0151 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0151 Childer Thornton call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Childer Thornton

Residents in Childer Thornton are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Childer Thornton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Childer Thornton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Childer Thornton 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 Childer Thornton

The electricity distribution network operator for Childer Thornton 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 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 Childer Thornton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Childer Thornton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Childer Thornton, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Childer Thornton.

Closest five municipalities to Childer Thornton
Municipality Distance from Childer Thornton
Hooton 0.01 miles
Ledsham 0.01 miles
Overpool 0.01 miles