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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Handbridge

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

About Handbridge, Cheshire

Handbridge CH4 has a population of 4,223 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Handbridge?

Handbridge water services are provided by Dee Valley Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, and United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Handbridge

Ringing a contact number for Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water or Severn Trent is one of many contact methods to discuss your Handbridge water issues.

Dee Valley Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Dee Valley Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dee Valley Water telephone number Dee Valley Water Emergency telephone number
0330 678 0679 0800 085 8033
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water telephone number Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Emergency telephone number
0800 052 0145 0800 052 0130
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Severn Trent telephone numbers

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

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

United Utilities telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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

Ringing a contact number for Dee Valley Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Handbridge water issues.

Write to Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities

You can also write to Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent or United Utilities website.

Dee Valley Water

If you would like to email Dee Valley Water, you can use the email address below:

Dee Valley Water Email Address
waterregulations@hafrendyfrdwy.co.uk

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Customer that want to post a letter to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water can do so by writing to the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water address below:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Address
PO Box 690
Cardiff
CF3 5WL

If you would like to email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you can use the email address below:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
company.secretary@dwrcymru.com

Severn Trent

Customer that want to post 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

If you would like to email Severn Trent, you can use the email address below:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

United Utilities

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 Handbridge

Water bill in Handbridge

Water rates in Handbridge depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Handbridge water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Handbridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Handbridge

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

Unmetered Customers in Handbridge

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Handbridge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Handbridge 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 are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Handbridge may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Handbridge?

The average water bill Handbridge residents are billed varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Dee Valley Water - -
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water £15.17 £182
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
United Utilities £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Handbridge water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities. After you've registered with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or 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 Handbridge 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. As soon as you've set up your Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Handbridge?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Handbridge CH4, your water suppliers are Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, 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.

Handbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Handbridge have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Handbridge

Is water from the tap in Handbridge safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Handbridge. You can rest assured that Handbridge water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Handbridge water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Handbridge water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Handbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Handbridge:

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

Is the water hard in Handbridge

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 rating for water hardness in Handbridge is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Handbridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Handbridge contains just trace amounts 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 extends their lifespan.

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

Handbridge No Water

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

If there is no water at your Handbridge home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Handbridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Handbridge water leak or flooding

Handbridge water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Handbridge 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 Handbridge property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Handbridge taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Handbridge 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 affect it by infusing your Handbridge water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Handbridge water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Dee Valley Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Severn Trent, or United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Handbridge CH4

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The broadband speed you get at your Handbridge home can vary depending on several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Handbridge 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?

Handbridge Average Download Speed Handbridge Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 18.05 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Handbridge. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Handbridge?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Handbridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Handbridge is the availability. Whilst many homes in Handbridge can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Handbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Handbridge
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Handbridge 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 Handbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Handbridge.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Handbridge broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Handbridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Handbridge. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Handbridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Handbridge must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Handbridge home is going to be important.

Handbridge broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Handbridge internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Handbridge.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Handbridge?

The average internet speed in Handbridge is:

Handbridge Average Download Speed Handbridge Average Upload Speed
80.95 Mbps 18.05 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Handbridge, 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 Handbridge home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Handbridge.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download 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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Handbridge

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Handbridge is 01806. If you call someone in Handbridge, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Handbridge call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Handbridge

Residents of Handbridge are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Handbridge distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Handbridge right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Handbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Handbridge 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 Handbridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Handbridge

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Handbridge, we've found the closest five municipalities to Handbridge.