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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Little Neston

If you've moved and have questions about Little Neston? Our utilities guide to Little Neston will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Little Neston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Little Neston.

About Little Neston, Cheshire

Little Neston CH64 has a population of 3,390 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Little Neston?

Little Neston water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Little Neston

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is just one method of contact to deal with your Little Neston water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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.

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

Water rates in Little Neston

Water bill in Little Neston

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

Metered Customers in Little Neston

Customers that have a water meter at their Little Neston home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Little Neston home.

Unmetered Customers in Little Neston

Customers without a meter at their Little Neston home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Little Neston home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Little Neston will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Little Neston water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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 Little Neston 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 Neston?

The average water bill Little Neston residents are charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Little Neston water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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 Little Neston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Little Neston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Little Neston CH64, 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 Neston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Little Neston

Is tap water in Little Neston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Little Neston come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in Little Neston

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 Little Neston is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Little Neston is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Little Neston contains a minimal level 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. There should also be less limescale 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 Little Neston.

Little Neston No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Little Neston home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Little Neston.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Little Neston water leak or flooding

Little Neston water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Little Neston 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 Little Neston property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  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, 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 Neston taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Little Neston water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Little Neston 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 Neston water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with United Utilities on the contact details above.

Internet in Little Neston CH64

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Little Neston home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Little Neston with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Little Neston Average Download Speed Little Neston Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Little Neston. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Little Neston?

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

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Little Neston is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Little Neston should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Little Neston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Little Neston
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Little Neston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Little Neston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Little Neston.
    • 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 Neston broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Little Neston. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Little Neston. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Little Neston Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Little Neston also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Little Neston home is something to think about.

Little Neston broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Little Neston broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Little Neston.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Little Neston have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Little Neston?

The average speed of broadband in Little Neston is:

Little Neston Average Download Speed Little Neston Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Little Neston, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Little Neston house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Little Neston.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Little Neston

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Little Neston is 0151. If you're calling somebody in Little Neston, and you are not in the same area, you should add 0151 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0151 Little Neston call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that 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 unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Little Neston

Residents of Little Neston can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Little Neston home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Little Neston distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Little Neston 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 Neston

The electricity distribution network operator for Little Neston 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 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 Little Neston

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

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 amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Little Neston

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Little Neston, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Little Neston.

Closest five municipalities to Little Neston
Municipality Distance from Little Neston
Parkgate -
Neston -
Ness -
Puddington -
Heswall 1.89 miles