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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Marple

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

About Marple, Cheshire

Marple SK6 has a population of 18,241 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Marple?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Marple

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Marple water account.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with 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

Price of water in Marple

Water bill in Marple

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

Metered Customers in Marple

Customers that have a water meter at their Marple 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Marple home.

Unmetered Customers in Marple

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Marple 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 Marple home.

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

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

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How do I pay my Marple water bill?

You will first 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Marple 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 Marple?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Marple SK6, 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.

Marple Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Marple

Is water from the tap in Marple safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Marple come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Marple:

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

Is the water hard in Marple

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 Marple is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Marple is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Marple 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Marple No Water

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

If there is no water at your Marple home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Marple.

If you don't have any 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 information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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.

Marple water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Marple property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact 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 Marple taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Marple 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 Marple water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Marple water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Marple SK6

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Marple with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Marple Average Download Speed Marple Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Marple. 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 homes in the UK.

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

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Marple?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Marple.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Marple is what's available. Whilst many homes in Marple can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Marple?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Marple
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds 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 Marple homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Marple.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Marple.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Marple broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Marple. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Marple. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Marple Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Marple must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Marple home is something to think about.

Marple broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Marple broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Marple.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Marple have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Marple?

The average internet speed in Marple is:

Marple Average Download Speed Marple Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Marple, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Marple 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 which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Marple.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Marple

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Marple is 0161. If you call someone in Marple, 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 Marple call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 calls included in your tariff, 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? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Marple

Residents of Marple can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Marple home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Marple distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Marple 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 Marple

The electricity distribution network operator for Marple 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 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 Marple

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Marple

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

Closest five municipalities to Marple
Municipality Distance from Marple
Bredbury -
Hyde 1.93 miles
Broadbottom 1.93 miles
Gee Cross 1.93 miles