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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Grappenhall

Are you moving and want to know more about Grappenhall? Our complete guide to utilities in Grappenhall will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Grappenhall water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Grappenhall.

About Grappenhall, Cheshire

Grappenhall WA4 has a population of 9,377 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Grappenhall?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Grappenhall

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Grappenhall water account.

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 write to 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

Water rates in Grappenhall

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

Metered Customers in Grappenhall

Customers with a water meter at their Grappenhall 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 Grappenhall home.

Unmetered Customers in Grappenhall

Customers without a meter at their Grappenhall home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Grappenhall home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Grappenhall will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Grappenhall water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Grappenhall might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Grappenhall?

The average water bill Grappenhall residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Grappenhall water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 Grappenhall bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Grappenhall?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Grappenhall WA4, 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.

Grappenhall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Grappenhall

Is water from the tap in Grappenhall safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Grappenhall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Grappenhall:

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

How hard is the water in Grappenhall

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 Grappenhall is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Grappenhall is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Grappenhall 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Grappenhall.

Grappenhall No Water

If you have no water in your Grappenhall home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Grappenhall.

If there is no water at your Grappenhall 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 Grappenhall.

If your home has 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. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Grappenhall water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Grappenhall property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Grappenhall taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Grappenhall water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Grappenhall 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 Grappenhall WA4

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Grappenhall with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Grappenhall Average Download Speed Grappenhall Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Grappenhall. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Grappenhall?

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 could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Grappenhall.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Grappenhall is what's available. Most homes in Grappenhall should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Grappenhall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Grappenhall
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Grappenhall homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Grappenhall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Grappenhall.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Grappenhall broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Grappenhall. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Grappenhall. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Grappenhall Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Grappenhall also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Grappenhall home is something to think about.

Grappenhall broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Grappenhall internet connection is really 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 can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Grappenhall.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Grappenhall ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Grappenhall?

The average speed of broadband in Grappenhall is:

Grappenhall Average Download Speed Grappenhall Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Grappenhall, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Grappenhall property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Grappenhall.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Grappenhall

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Grappenhall is 01925. If you call someone in Grappenhall, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01925 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01925 Grappenhall call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 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 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Grappenhall

Residents of Grappenhall are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Grappenhall distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Grappenhall in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Grappenhall

The electricity distribution network operator for Grappenhall 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 Grappenhall

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

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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Grappenhall

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Grappenhall, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Grappenhall.