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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ledsham

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

About Ledsham, Cheshire

Ledsham CH66 has a population of 181 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Ledsham?

Ledsham water services are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to reach your water provider in Ledsham

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

In the table below we have listed the main 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

You can also get in touch 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 write 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 Ledsham

Water bill in Ledsham

Water rates in Ledsham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Ledsham water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Ledsham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ledsham

Customers with a water meter at their Ledsham 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 Ledsham home.

Unmetered Customers in Ledsham

Customers without a meter at their Ledsham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Ledsham home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ledsham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ledsham 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Ledsham 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 Ledsham?

The average water bill Ledsham residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Ledsham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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 Ledsham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Ledsham?

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

Ledsham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ledsham

Is water from the tap in Ledsham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ledsham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ledsham:

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

Is the water hard in Ledsham

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ledsham 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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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Ledsham.

Ledsham No Water

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

If there is no water at your Ledsham home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Ledsham.

If your home has no 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. Check the Twitter account of 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Ledsham water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact United Utilities whether the problem is with clean 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Ledsham taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Ledsham CH66

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Ledsham home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Ledsham 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?

Ledsham Average Download Speed Ledsham Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ledsham. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Ledsham.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Ledsham is the availability. Most homes in Ledsham should have access to superfast' or fibre 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Ledsham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ledsham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Ledsham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Ledsham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ledsham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ledsham broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Ledsham. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Ledsham. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Ledsham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ledsham should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with 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 Ledsham home is something to think about.

Ledsham broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Ledsham broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Ledsham.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Ledsham ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Ledsham?

The average internet speed in Ledsham is:

Ledsham Average Download Speed Ledsham Average Upload Speed
75.35 Mbps 13.60 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Ledsham, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Ledsham house. 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 would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when getting connected in Ledsham.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Ledsham

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Ledsham is 0151. When making a call to someone in Ledsham, and you're located in a different region, you should add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Ledsham call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Ledsham

People living in Ledsham are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Ledsham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Ledsham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ledsham 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 Ledsham

The electricity distribution network operator for Ledsham 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 Ledsham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Ledsham

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Ledsham, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Ledsham.

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