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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Daresbury

If you've moved and have questions about Daresbury? Our complete guide to utilities in Daresbury will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Daresbury water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Daresbury.

About Daresbury, Cheshire

Daresbury WA4 has a population of 246 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Daresbury?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Daresbury

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Daresbury water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities contact number United Utilities Emergency contact 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 even send your message through 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

Price of water in Daresbury

Water bill in Daresbury

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

Metered Customers in Daresbury

Customers that have a water meter at their Daresbury house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Daresbury home.

Unmetered Customers in Daresbury

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Daresbury home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Daresbury home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Daresbury is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Daresbury water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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 Daresbury could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Daresbury?

The average water bill Daresbury residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Daresbury water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered with United Utilities, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Daresbury bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Daresbury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Daresbury WA4, 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.

Daresbury Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Daresbury

Is the tap water in Daresbury safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Daresbury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Daresbury:

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

Is the water hard in Daresbury

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 Daresbury is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Daresbury is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Daresbury 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Daresbury.

Daresbury No Water

If you have no water in your Daresbury 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 Daresbury.

If there is no water at your Daresbury home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Daresbury.

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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Daresbury water leak or flooding

Daresbury water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Daresbury 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 Daresbury property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Daresbury taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Daresbury 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 affect it by infusing your Daresbury 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 Daresbury water.

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

Internet in Daresbury WA4

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The broadband speed you get at your Daresbury home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Daresbury with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Daresbury Average Download Speed Daresbury Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Daresbury. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only 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 that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Daresbury?

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. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Daresbury.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Daresbury is the availability. Most homes in Daresbury should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Daresbury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Daresbury
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Daresbury homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Daresbury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Daresbury.
    • 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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Daresbury broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Daresbury. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Daresbury. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Daresbury Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Daresbury also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet 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 which without a reliable broadband connection at your Daresbury home is something to think about.

Daresbury broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Daresbury broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Daresbury.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Daresbury?

The average speed of broadband in Daresbury is:

Daresbury Average Download Speed Daresbury Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Daresbury, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Daresbury home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take when getting connected in Daresbury.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Daresbury

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Daresbury is 01925. When making a call to someone in Daresbury, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01925 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01925 Daresbury call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone 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 the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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 Daresbury

Residents in Daresbury can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Daresbury home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Daresbury distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Daresbury below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Daresbury

The electricity distribution network operator for Daresbury 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

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 Daresbury

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

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 other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Daresbury

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Daresbury, we've found the closest five municipalities to Daresbury.