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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Latchford

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

About Latchford, Cheshire

Latchford WA4 has a population of 7,856 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Latchford?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Latchford

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to talk about your Latchford 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Latchford

Water bill in Latchford

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

Metered Customers in Latchford

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Latchford house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Latchford home.

Unmetered Customers in Latchford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Latchford 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 Latchford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Latchford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Latchford 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 have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Latchford might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Latchford?

The average water bill Latchford residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Latchford water bill?

You will first 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Latchford bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Latchford?

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

Latchford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Latchford

Is water from the tap in Latchford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Latchford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Latchford:

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

Is the water hard in Latchford

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 Latchford is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Latchford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Latchford 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 Latchford.

Latchford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Latchford 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 Latchford.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of 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.

Latchford water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Latchford 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 can go on the internet at your current 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 Latchford taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Latchford water this could be down to 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 Latchford water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Latchford water.

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

Broadband Speed in Latchford WA4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Latchford home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Latchford 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?

Latchford Average Download Speed Latchford Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Latchford. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, 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 Latchford?

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 could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Latchford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Latchford is what's available. Whilst many homes in Latchford should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years 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 Latchford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Latchford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Latchford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Latchford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Latchford.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Latchford broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Latchford. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Latchford. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Latchford Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Latchford also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

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

Latchford broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Latchford broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Latchford.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Latchford have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Latchford?

The average broadband speed in Latchford is:

Latchford Average Download Speed Latchford Average Upload Speed
75.10 Mbps 13.47 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 fibre broadband that is 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 Latchford, 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 Latchford house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Latchford.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Latchford

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Latchford is 01925. If you're calling somebody in Latchford, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01925 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01925 Latchford 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, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Latchford

Residents in Latchford are able to 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 known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Latchford home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Latchford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Latchford 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 responsible for Latchford

The electricity distribution network operator for Latchford 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Latchford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Latchford

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Latchford, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Latchford.