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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cronton

Are you moving and want to know more about Cronton? Our complete guide to utilities in Cronton will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cronton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cronton.

About Cronton, Cheshire

Cronton WA8 has a population of 1,379 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Cronton?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cronton

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Cronton water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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
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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 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

Price of water in Cronton

Water bill in Cronton

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

Metered Customers in Cronton

Customers with a water meter at their Cronton 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 cover the consumption at your Cronton home.

Unmetered Customers in Cronton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cronton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Cronton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cronton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cronton 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, having a water meter installed at your Cronton might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Cronton?

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

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How do I pay my Cronton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Cronton bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Cronton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cronton WA8, 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.

Cronton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cronton

Is the tap water in Cronton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cronton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cronton:

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

Is the water hard in Cronton

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 Cronton is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Cronton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cronton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Cronton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cronton 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 Cronton.

If there is no water at your Cronton home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Cronton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. 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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Cronton water leak or flooding

Cronton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Cronton home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Cronton 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 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 Cronton taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities on the contact details above.

Internet in Cronton WA8

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Cronton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cronton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cronton Average Download Speed Cronton Average Upload Speed
91.88 Mbps 14.85 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Cronton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Cronton?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Cronton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Cronton is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Cronton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Cronton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cronton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Cronton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Cronton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Cronton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cronton broadband price

Cronton broadband bill

You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Cronton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Cronton. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cronton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cronton must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Cronton home is something to think about.

Cronton broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Cronton broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Cronton.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cronton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Cronton?

The average internet speed in Cronton is:

Cronton Average Download Speed Cronton Average Upload Speed
91.88 Mbps 14.85 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Cronton, 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 Cronton home. 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 you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take when getting connected in Cronton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices 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
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 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Cronton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Cronton is 0151. If you're calling somebody in Cronton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Cronton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 in Cronton

People living in Cronton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Cronton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Cronton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Cronton 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 for Cronton

The electricity distribution network operator for Cronton 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 Cronton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 Cronton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Cronton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Cronton.

Closest five municipalities to Cronton
Municipality Distance from Cronton
Thatto Heath 3.61 miles
Clock Face 3.61 miles