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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Eastham

Are you moving and want to know more about Eastham? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Eastham is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Eastham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Eastham.

About Eastham, Cheshire

Eastham CH62 has a population of 13,882 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Eastham?

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

How to reach your water provider in Eastham

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to talk about your Eastham water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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, 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 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

Cost of water in Eastham

Water bill in Eastham

Water rates in Eastham will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Eastham water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Eastham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Eastham

Customers that have a water meter at their Eastham home will pay a fixed annual 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Eastham home.

Unmetered Customers in Eastham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Eastham home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Eastham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Eastham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Eastham water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Eastham could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Eastham?

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

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How do I pay my Eastham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered 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 Eastham bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Eastham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Eastham CH62, 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.

Eastham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Eastham

Is tap water in Eastham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Eastham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Eastham:

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

How hard is the water in Eastham

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 Eastham is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Eastham is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Eastham contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Eastham No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Eastham home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Eastham.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Eastham water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Eastham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Eastham taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Eastham CH62

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The broadband speed you get at your Eastham home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Eastham Average Download Speed Eastham Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Eastham. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Eastham?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Eastham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Eastham is what's available. Whilst many homes in Eastham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Eastham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Eastham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Eastham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Eastham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Eastham.
    • 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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Eastham broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Eastham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Eastham. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Eastham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Eastham should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Eastham home is going to be important.

Eastham broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Eastham broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Eastham.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Eastham?

The average internet speed in Eastham is:

Eastham Average Download Speed Eastham Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Eastham, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Eastham home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Eastham.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your 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.

What's the telephone area code for Eastham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Eastham is 0151. If you're calling somebody in Eastham, and you are in a different area, you should add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Eastham call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Eastham

Residents of Eastham can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Eastham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Eastham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Eastham below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Eastham

The electricity distribution network operator for Eastham 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 Eastham

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

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 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 electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 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 generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Eastham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Eastham, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Eastham.

Closest five municipalities to Eastham
Municipality Distance from Eastham
Port Sunlight -
Bromborough -
New Ferry -
Little Sutton 2.12 miles
Childer Thornton 2.12 miles