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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Hooton

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

About Hooton, Cheshire

Hooton CH66 has a population of 385 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Hooton?

Hooton water services are provided by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Hooton

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to talk about your Hooton water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Hooton

Water bill in Hooton

Water rates in Hooton will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Hooton water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Hooton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Hooton

Customers with a water meter at their Hooton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Hooton home.

Unmetered Customers in Hooton

Customers who don't have a meter at their Hooton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Hooton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Hooton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Hooton water prices were 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Hooton might work out cheaper.

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 Hooton?

The average water bill Hooton residents are being charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Hooton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Hooton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Hooton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hooton CH66, 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.

Hooton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hooton

Is the tap water in Hooton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Hooton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Hooton:

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

How hard is the water in Hooton

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Hooton 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Hooton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Hooton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Hooton.

If there is no water at your Hooton home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Hooton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Hooton water leak or flooding

Hooton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Hooton 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 Hooton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

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

Why does the water in Hooton taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Hooton 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 Hooton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities using the contact information above.

Internet in Hooton CH66

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The speed of your internet connection at your Hooton home depends on 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 how it compares to the average broadband speed for Hooton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Hooton Average Download Speed Hooton Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Hooton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households 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 currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Hooton.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Hooton is what's available. Whilst many homes in Hooton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 are the different types of connection in Hooton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Hooton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Hooton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Hooton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Hooton.
    • 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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Hooton broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Hooton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Hooton. 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.

Hooton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Hooton must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Hooton home is something to think about.

Hooton broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Hooton broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Hooton.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Hooton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Hooton?

The average broadband speed in Hooton is:

Hooton Average Download Speed Hooton Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Hooton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Hooton home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Hooton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Hooton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Hooton is 0151. When making a call to someone in Hooton, and you are not in the same area, you should add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Hooton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Hooton

People living in Hooton can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Hooton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hooton in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Hooton

The electricity distribution network operator for Hooton 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 Hooton

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. 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 is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Hooton

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Hooton, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Hooton.

Closest five municipalities to Hooton
Municipality Distance from Hooton
Childer Thornton 0.01 miles
Ledsham 0.01 miles
Overpool 0.01 miles