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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Middleton

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

About Middleton, Lancashire

Middleton LA3 has a population of 42,972 and is located in the county of Lancashire. Lancashire has a population of 1,498,300 people.

Who supplies my water in Middleton?

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

How to reach your water provider in Middleton

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is just one method of contact to deal with your Middleton 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 write to United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via 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 Middleton

Water bill in Middleton

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

Metered Customers in Middleton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Middleton 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 Middleton home.

Unmetered Customers in Middleton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Middleton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Middleton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Middleton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Middleton 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Middleton might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Middleton?

The average water bill Middleton residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Middleton water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Middleton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Middleton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Middleton LA3, 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.

Middleton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Middleton

Is the tap water in Middleton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Middleton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Middleton:

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

How hard is the water in Middleton

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Middleton 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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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Middleton.

Middleton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Middleton home, is the problem 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 Middleton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. 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 will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Middleton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Middleton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring 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 fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Middleton taste strange?

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities on the contact details above.

Broadband in Middleton LA3

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Middleton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Middleton Average Download Speed Middleton Average Upload Speed
49.80 Mbps 18.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Middleton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Middleton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Middleton is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Middleton can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes 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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Middleton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Middleton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Middleton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Middleton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Middleton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Middleton broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Middleton. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Middleton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Middleton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Middleton should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

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 Middleton home is something to think about.

Middleton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Middleton internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Middleton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Middleton?

The average internet speed in Middleton is:

Middleton Average Download Speed Middleton Average Upload Speed
49.80 Mbps 18.60 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Middleton, 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 Middleton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 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 for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Middleton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above and 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Middleton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Middleton is 01806. If you call someone in Middleton, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Middleton call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 Middleton

Residents of Middleton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Middleton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Middleton in this section.

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 Middleton

The electricity distribution network operator for Middleton 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 Middleton

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Middleton

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Middleton, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Middleton.

Closest five municipalities to Middleton
Municipality Distance from Middleton
Morecambe 0.01 miles
Heysham 0.01 miles
Sunderland Point 0.01 miles
Torrisholme 1.68 miles