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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Handforth

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

About Handforth, Cheshire

Handforth SK9 has a population of 6,266 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Handforth?

Handforth water services are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to reach your water provider in Handforth

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to talk about your Handforth water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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
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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.

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

Cost of water in Handforth

Water bill in Handforth

Water rates in Handforth are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Handforth water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Handforth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Handforth

Customers with a water meter at their Handforth property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Handforth home.

Unmetered Customers in Handforth

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Handforth is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Handforth water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, installing a water meter at your Handforth 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 Handforth?

The average water bill Handforth residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Handforth water bill?

You will first need to 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Handforth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Handforth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Handforth SK9, 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.

Handforth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Handforth

Is water from the tap in Handforth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Handforth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Handforth:

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

Is the water hard in Handforth

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 Handforth is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Handforth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Handforth contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Handforth.

Handforth No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Handforth home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Handforth.

If there is no water at your Handforth home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Handforth.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Handforth water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Handforth property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  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 Handforth taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Handforth 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 impermeate the Handforth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Handforth water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to United Utilities on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Handforth SK9

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Handforth with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Handforth Average Download Speed Handforth Average Upload Speed
54.80 Mbps 10.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Handforth. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Handforth?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Handforth.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Handforth is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Handforth should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Handforth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Handforth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Handforth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Handforth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Handforth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Handforth broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Handforth. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Handforth. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Handforth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Handforth should 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 can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Handforth home is something to think about.

Handforth broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Handforth broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Handforth.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Handforth ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Handforth?

The average internet speed in Handforth is:

Handforth Average Download Speed Handforth Average Upload Speed
54.80 Mbps 10.80 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Handforth, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Handforth house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Handforth.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
More than 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 further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Handforth

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Handforth is 01806. If you call someone in Handforth, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Handforth call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included with your 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 don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different 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 in Handforth

People living in Handforth are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Handforth home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Handforth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Handforth 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 Handforth

The electricity distribution network operator for Handforth 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 Handforth

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Handforth

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Handforth, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Handforth.

Closest five municipalities to Handforth
Municipality Distance from Handforth
Styal -
Alderley Edge -
Knutsford 3.07 miles
Northenden 3.13 miles
Wythenshawe 3.13 miles