Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Crank

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

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About Crank, Lancashire

Crank WA11 is located in the county of Lancashire. Lancashire has a population of 1,498,300 people.

Who supplies my water in Crank?

Crank water services are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Crank

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to deal with your Crank water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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

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
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Water rates in Crank

Water bill in Crank

Water rates in Crank are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Crank water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Crank water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Crank

Customers that have a water meter at their Crank 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 are for the consumption at your Crank home.

Unmetered Customers in Crank

Customers without a meter at their Crank home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Crank home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Crank is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Crank water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Crank might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Crank?

The average water bill Crank residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

How do I pay my Crank water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Crank bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Crank?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Crank WA11, 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.

Crank Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Crank

Is water from the tap in Crank safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Crank come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Crank:

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

How hard is the water in Crank

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Crank 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. 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 Crank.

Crank No Water

If you have no water in your Crank home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Crank.

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

If there is 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 why you have no water.
  2. Check 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Crank water leak or flooding

Crank water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Crank 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 Crank property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Crank taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Crank 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 impermeate the Crank water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Crank water.

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

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Broadband in Crank WA11

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The speed of your internet connection at your Crank home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Crank Average Download Speed Crank Average Upload Speed
88.23 Mbps 15.13 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Crank. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Crank?

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 can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Crank.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Crank is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Crank should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Crank?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Crank
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Crank homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Crank.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Crank.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Crank broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Crank. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Crank. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Crank Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Crank should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, 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 meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Crank home is going to be important.

Crank broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Crank broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Crank.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Crank have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Crank?

The average broadband speed in Crank is:

Crank Average Download Speed Crank Average Upload Speed
88.23 Mbps 15.13 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Crank, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Crank house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Crank.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Crank

Corded telephone area code Crank

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Crank is 01744. When making a call to someone in Crank, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01744 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01744 Crank call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to 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 inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Crank

Residents in Crank are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Crank home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Crank distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Crank 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 for Crank

The electricity distribution network operator for Crank 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington
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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

Power Generation near Crank

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

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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 small amount was produced from other types 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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Crank

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Crank, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Crank.

Closest five municipalities to Crank
Municipality Distance from Crank
Moss Bank -
Haydock -
Newton-le-Willows 2.71 miles
Earlestown 2.71 miles
Ashton-in-Makerfield 2.72 miles