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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lymm

Are you moving and want to know more about Lymm? Our utilities guide to Lymm will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lymm water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lymm.

About Lymm, Cheshire

Lymm WA13 has a population of 11,608 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Lymm?

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

How to reach your water provider in Lymm

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to deal with your Lymm water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities telephone number United Utilities Emergency telephone 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 write to United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Water rates in Lymm

Water bill in Lymm

Water rates in Lymm will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Lymm water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Lymm water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lymm

Customers with a water meter at their Lymm home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 Lymm home.

Unmetered Customers in Lymm

Customers without a meter at their Lymm home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Lymm home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lymm is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Lymm water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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, installing a water meter at your Lymm could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Lymm?

The average water bill Lymm residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Lymm water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Lymm bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Lymm?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lymm WA13, 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.

Lymm Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lymm

Is the tap water in Lymm safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lymm come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lymm:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lymm

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 Lymm is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Lymm is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Lymm contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Lymm.

Lymm No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lymm water leak or flooding

Lymm water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Lymm home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Lymm property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lymm taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lymm water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Lymm water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Lymm water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to United Utilities on the contact details above.

Internet in Lymm WA13

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Lymm with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Lymm Average Download Speed Lymm Average Upload Speed
76.40 Mbps 13.98 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Lymm. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Lymm?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Lymm.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Lymm is what's available. The majority of homes in Lymm can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Lymm?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lymm
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lymm homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lymm.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lymm.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Lymm broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Lymm. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Lymm. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lymm Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lymm must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Lymm home will be an important thing to consider.

Lymm broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Lymm internet connection is extremely 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Lymm.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Lymm ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Lymm?

The average internet speed in Lymm is:

Lymm Average Download Speed Lymm Average Upload Speed
76.40 Mbps 13.98 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Lymm, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Lymm house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Lymm.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Lymm

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Lymm is 01806. When making a call to someone in Lymm, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Lymm call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Lymm

Residents of Lymm are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Lymm distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Lymm below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lymm

The electricity distribution network operator for Lymm 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 Lymm

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Lymm

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Lymm, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Lymm.

Closest five municipalities to Lymm
Municipality Distance from Lymm
Statham -
Latchford 3.09 miles
Stockton Heath 3.09 miles