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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Earlestown

If you just moved and have some questions about Earlestown? Our utilities guide to Earlestown will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Earlestown water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Earlestown.

About Earlestown, Cheshire

Earlestown WA12 has a population of 10,830 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Earlestown?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Earlestown

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to deal with your Earlestown water problems.

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

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone 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

You can also get in touch with United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Water rates in Earlestown

Water bill in Earlestown

Water rates in Earlestown will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Earlestown water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Earlestown water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Earlestown

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Earlestown 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Earlestown home.

Unmetered Customers in Earlestown

Customers who don't have a meter at their Earlestown home have 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 Earlestown home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Earlestown is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Earlestown 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Earlestown 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 Earlestown?

The average water bill Earlestown residents are being charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Earlestown water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Earlestown 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. 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 Earlestown?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Earlestown WA12, 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.

Earlestown Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Earlestown

Is tap water in Earlestown safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Earlestown come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Earlestown:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Earlestown

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 Earlestown is more than 201ppm, this means the water in Earlestown is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Earlestown contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Earlestown.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Earlestown No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Earlestown home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Earlestown.

If there is no water at your Earlestown home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Earlestown.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Earlestown water leak or flooding

Earlestown water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Earlestown 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 Earlestown property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 Earlestown taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Earlestown water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Earlestown water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Earlestown water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Earlestown WA12

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Earlestown home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Earlestown 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?

Earlestown Average Download Speed Earlestown Average Upload Speed
106.60 Mbps 18.07 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Earlestown. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Earlestown?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Earlestown.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Earlestown is what's available. Whilst many homes in Earlestown should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Earlestown?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Earlestown
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Earlestown homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Earlestown.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Earlestown.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Earlestown broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Earlestown. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Earlestown. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Earlestown Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Earlestown must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Earlestown home will be an important thing to consider.

Earlestown broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Earlestown broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Earlestown.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Earlestown have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Earlestown?

The average broadband speed in Earlestown is:

Earlestown Average Download Speed Earlestown Average Upload Speed
106.60 Mbps 18.07 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 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 Earlestown, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Earlestown property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Earlestown.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Earlestown

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Earlestown is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Earlestown, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Earlestown call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 Supply in Earlestown

Residents of Earlestown are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to 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 Earlestown home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Earlestown distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Earlestown 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 Earlestown

The electricity distribution network operator for Earlestown 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 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 Earlestown

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Earlestown

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Earlestown, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Earlestown.

Closest five municipalities to Earlestown
Municipality Distance from Earlestown
Rainford 2.71 miles
Moss Bank 2.71 miles
Haydock 2.71 miles
Crank 2.71 miles