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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Hale Barns

If you've moved and have questions about Hale Barns? Our utilities guide to Hale Barns is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Hale Barns water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Hale Barns.

About Hale Barns, Cheshire

Hale Barns WA15 has a population of 9,736 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Hale Barns?

Hale Barns water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Hale Barns

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to deal with your Hale Barns water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the United Utilities website.

Customer that want to post 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 Hale Barns

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Water rates in Hale Barns are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Hale Barns water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Hale Barns water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Hale Barns

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Hale Barns 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 Hale Barns home.

Unmetered Customers in Hale Barns

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Hale Barns home have 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 Hale Barns home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Hale Barns is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Hale Barns 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Hale Barns might work out 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 Hale Barns?

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

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How do I pay my Hale Barns water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 Hale Barns bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Hale Barns?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hale Barns WA15, 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.

Hale Barns Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hale Barns

Is the tap water in Hale Barns safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Hale Barns. You can rest assured that Hale Barns water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Hale Barns 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 Hale Barns water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Hale Barns come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Hale Barns:

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

How hard is the water in Hale Barns

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Hale Barns contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Hale Barns No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Hale Barns home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Hale Barns.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. 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. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet 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.

Hale Barns water leak or flooding

Hale Barns water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Hale Barns home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Hale Barns taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Hale Barns 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 impermeate the Hale Barns 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 Hale Barns water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with United Utilities using the contact information above.

Broadband in Hale Barns WA15

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The speed of your internet connection at your Hale Barns home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Hale Barns 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?

Hale Barns Average Download Speed Hale Barns Average Upload Speed
67.48 Mbps 14.48 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Hale Barns. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Hale Barns?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Hale Barns.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Hale Barns is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Hale Barns should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Hale Barns?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Hale Barns
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Hale Barns homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Hale Barns.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Hale Barns.
    • 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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Hale Barns broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Hale Barns. There are many providers 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 before you sign up to a internet service in Hale Barns. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Hale Barns Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Hale Barns also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Hale Barns home is going to be important.

Hale Barns broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Hale Barns broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Hale Barns.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Hale Barns have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Hale Barns?

The average internet speed in Hale Barns is:

Hale Barns Average Download Speed Hale Barns Average Upload Speed
67.48 Mbps 14.48 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 a green box on your street in Hale Barns, 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 Hale Barns property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Hale Barns.

Main internet uses 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, plus 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Hale Barns

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Hale Barns is 0161. When making a call to someone in Hale Barns, and you're located in a different region, you must add 0161 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0161 Hale Barns call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Hale Barns

Residents of Hale Barns can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Hale Barns home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Hale Barns distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hale Barns in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Hale Barns

The electricity distribution network operator for Hale Barns 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 Hale Barns

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

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 amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors 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 fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Hale Barns

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Hale Barns, we've found the five closest municipalities to Hale Barns.

Closest five municipalities to Hale Barns
Municipality Distance from Hale Barns
Ringway -
Northenden 2.35 miles