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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Dunham Town

If you just moved and have some questions about Dunham Town? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Dunham Town will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Dunham Town water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Dunham Town.

About Dunham Town, Cheshire

Dunham Town WA14 is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Dunham Town?

Dunham Town water services 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 Dunham Town

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many options to talk about your Dunham Town water account.

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 also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Dunham Town

Water bill in Dunham Town

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

Metered Customers in Dunham Town

Customers with a water meter at their Dunham Town home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Dunham Town home.

Unmetered Customers in Dunham Town

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Dunham Town will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Dunham Town 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Dunham Town might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Dunham Town?

The average water bill Dunham Town residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Dunham Town 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 able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Dunham Town bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Dunham Town?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Dunham Town WA14, 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.

Dunham Town Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Dunham Town

Is the tap water in Dunham Town safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Dunham Town come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Dunham Town:

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

How hard is the water in Dunham Town

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Dunham Town contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Dunham Town No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Dunham Town home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Dunham Town.

If there is no water at your Dunham Town home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Dunham Town.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Dunham Town water leak or flooding

Dunham Town water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Dunham Town home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Dunham Town taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Dunham Town water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Dunham Town water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Dunham Town water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities using the contact information above.

Internet in Dunham Town WA14

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Dunham Town 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
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Dunham Town 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?

Dunham Town Average Download Speed Dunham Town Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Dunham Town. 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 it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Dunham Town?

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. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Dunham Town.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Dunham Town is the availability. Most homes in Dunham Town should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Dunham Town?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Dunham Town
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Dunham Town homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Dunham Town.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Dunham Town.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Dunham Town broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Dunham Town. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Dunham Town. 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 which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Dunham Town Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Dunham Town should also be considered, with so many people that work 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 streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Dunham Town home is something to think about.

Dunham Town broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Dunham Town broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Dunham Town.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Dunham Town ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Dunham Town?

The average speed of broadband in Dunham Town is:

Dunham Town Average Download Speed Dunham Town Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 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 - 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Dunham Town, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Dunham Town home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Dunham Town.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Dunham Town

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Dunham Town is 0161. When making a call to someone in Dunham Town, and you are not in the same area, you must add 0161 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0161 Dunham Town call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile 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 an additional call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Dunham Town

Residents of Dunham Town are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Dunham Town home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Dunham Town distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Dunham Town in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Dunham Town

The electricity distribution network operator for Dunham Town 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
Warrington

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 Dunham Town

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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 hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Dunham Town

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Dunham Town, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Dunham Town.