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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Furness Vale

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

About Furness Vale, Cheshire

Furness Vale SK23 has a population of 1,069 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Furness Vale?

Furness Vale water services are supplied by Severn Trent. Here are the main contact numbers for Severn Trent, and United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Furness Vale

Ringing a contact number for Severn Trent or United Utilities is one of many options to discuss your Furness Vale water account.

Severn Trent phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent contact number Severn Trent Emergency contact number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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United Utilities phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

Write to Severn Trent or United Utilities

You can also get in touch with Severn Trent or United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website.

Severn Trent

If you prefer to send a letter to Severn Trent can do so by writing to the Severn Trent address below:

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

Customers that would rather email Severn Trent, you should use the following email address:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

United Utilities

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 Furness Vale

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

Metered Customers in Furness Vale

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Furness Vale house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Severn Trent or United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Furness Vale home.

Unmetered Customers in Furness Vale

Customers without a meter at their Furness Vale home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Furness Vale home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Furness Vale will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Furness Vale water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Furness Vale could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Furness Vale?

The average water bill Furness Vale residents are charged can differ between suppliers in your area. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
United Utilities £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Furness Vale water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Severn Trent or United Utilities. After you register your details with Severn Trent or 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 Furness Vale bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Severn Trent or 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 Furness Vale?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Furness Vale SK23, your water suppliers are Severn Trent and 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.

Furness Vale Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Furness Vale

Is the tap water in Furness Vale safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Furness Vale come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Furness Vale:

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

Is the water hard in Furness Vale

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Furness Vale contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. 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 Furness Vale.

Furness Vale No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Furness Vale home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Furness Vale.

If there is no water at your Furness Vale home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Furness Vale.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent or United Utilities for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Severn Trent or United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Severn Trent or 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Furness Vale water leak or flooding

Furness Vale water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Furness Vale home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Ring Severn Trent or United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Severn Trent or United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Furness Vale taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Furness Vale water this may be due to 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 infuse the Furness Vale water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Furness Vale water.

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

Internet in Furness Vale SK23

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The speed of your internet connection at your Furness Vale home is dependant upon 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Furness Vale with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Furness Vale Average Download Speed Furness Vale Average Upload Speed
63.65 Mbps 13.15 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Furness Vale. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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 that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Furness Vale?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Furness Vale.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Furness Vale is what's available. Most homes in Furness Vale should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Furness Vale?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Furness Vale
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Furness Vale homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Furness Vale.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Furness Vale.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Furness Vale broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Furness Vale. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Furness Vale. 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 affects millions of BT customers.

Furness Vale Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Furness Vale should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, 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 which without a reliable broadband connection at your Furness Vale home is something to think about.

Furness Vale broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Furness Vale broadband connection is extremely important. 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 can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Furness Vale.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Furness Vale?

The average internet speed in Furness Vale is:

Furness Vale Average Download Speed Furness Vale Average Upload Speed
63.65 Mbps 13.15 Mbps

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

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 speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Furness Vale, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Furness Vale house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Furness Vale.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Furness Vale

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Furness Vale is 01806. When making a call to someone in Furness Vale, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Furness Vale call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 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 you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone 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 Furness Vale

Residents in Furness Vale are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Furness Vale home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Furness Vale distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Furness Vale below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Furness Vale

The electricity distribution network operator for Furness Vale 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 Furness Vale

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Furness Vale

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Furness Vale, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Furness Vale.