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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Gatley

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

About Gatley, Cheshire

Gatley SK8 has a population of 20,997 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Gatley?

Gatley water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Gatley

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to discuss your Gatley water problems.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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

You can also write to United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Price of water in Gatley

Water bill in Gatley

Water rates in Gatley are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Gatley water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Gatley water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Gatley

Customers that have a water meter at their Gatley property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Gatley home.

Unmetered Customers in Gatley

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Gatley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Gatley 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, getting a water meter for your Gatley could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Gatley?

The average water bill Gatley residents are charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Gatley water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you've registered with United Utilities, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Gatley bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Gatley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Gatley SK8, 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.

Gatley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Gatley

Is water from the tap in Gatley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Gatley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Gatley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Gatley

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Gatley contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Gatley No Water

If you have no water in your Gatley home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Gatley.

If there is no water at your Gatley home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Gatley.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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 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.

Gatley water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Gatley taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Gatley 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 affect it by infusing your Gatley water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Gatley water.

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

Broadband in Gatley SK8

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The broadband speed you get at your Gatley home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Gatley 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?

Gatley Average Download Speed Gatley Average Upload Speed
88.97 Mbps 14.27 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Gatley. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Gatley?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Gatley.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Gatley is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Gatley can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Gatley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Gatley
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Gatley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Gatley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Gatley.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Gatley broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Gatley. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Gatley. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Gatley Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Gatley also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Gatley home will be an important thing to consider.

Gatley broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Gatley internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Gatley.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Gatley have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Gatley?

The average broadband speed in Gatley is:

Gatley Average Download Speed Gatley Average Upload Speed
88.97 Mbps 14.27 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 speed will be slower the further away you are 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Gatley, 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 Gatley house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Gatley.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Gatley

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Gatley is 0161. When making a call to someone in Gatley, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 0161 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0161 Gatley call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Gatley

People living in Gatley are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Gatley home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Gatley distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Gatley below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Gatley

The electricity distribution network operator for Gatley 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 Gatley

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

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%). Furthermore, 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 electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Gatley

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Gatley, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Gatley.

Closest five municipalities to Gatley
Municipality Distance from Gatley
Cheadle Hulme -
Cheadle -
Bridgehall 1.98 miles
Davenport 1.98 miles