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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Little Bollington

If you've moved and have questions about Little Bollington? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Little Bollington is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Little Bollington water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Little Bollington.

About Little Bollington, Cheshire

Little Bollington WA14 has a population of 170 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Little Bollington?

Little Bollington 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 Little Bollington

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to talk about your Little Bollington water issues.

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 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 Little Bollington

Water bill in Little Bollington

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

Metered Customers in Little Bollington

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

Unmetered Customers in Little Bollington

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Little Bollington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Little Bollington 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 Little Bollington could be 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 Little Bollington?

The average water bill Little Bollington residents are charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Little Bollington water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details with 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Little Bollington bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Little Bollington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Little Bollington WA14, 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.

Little Bollington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Little Bollington

Is water from the tap in Little Bollington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Little Bollington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Little Bollington:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Little Bollington

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Little Bollington contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Little Bollington No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Little Bollington 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 Little Bollington.

If there is no water at your Little Bollington 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 Little Bollington.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any explanations as to 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. 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.

Little Bollington water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Little Bollington 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, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Little Bollington taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Little Bollington 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 infuse the Little Bollington water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Little Bollington water.

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

Internet in Little Bollington WA14

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The speed of your internet connection at your Little Bollington home can vary depending on 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 how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Little Bollington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Little Bollington Average Download Speed Little Bollington Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Little Bollington. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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 some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Little Bollington?

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. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Little Bollington.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Little Bollington is the availability. Whilst many homes in Little Bollington can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Little Bollington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Little Bollington
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Little Bollington 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 Little Bollington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Little Bollington.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Little Bollington broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Little Bollington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Little Bollington. 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.

Little Bollington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Little Bollington also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Little Bollington home is going to be important.

Little Bollington broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Little Bollington broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Little Bollington.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Little Bollington have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Little Bollington?

The average speed of broadband in Little Bollington is:

Little Bollington Average Download Speed Little Bollington Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 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 - 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 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 Little Bollington, 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 Little Bollington home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Little Bollington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 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
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 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 a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Little Bollington

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Little Bollington is 0161. When making a call to someone in Little Bollington, and you are not in the same area, you must add 0161 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0161 Little Bollington call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline 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 the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Little Bollington

Residents of Little Bollington are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Little Bollington distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Little Bollington below.

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 Little Bollington

The electricity distribution network operator for Little Bollington 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 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 Little Bollington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce 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 currently being built.

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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Little Bollington

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