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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Middlewich

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

About Middlewich, Cheshire

Middlewich CW10 has a population of 13,595 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Middlewich?

Middlewich water services are provided by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Middlewich

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to deal with your Middlewich water account.

In the table below you will find the contact 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the United Utilities website.

Customer that want to post 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 Middlewich

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

Metered Customers in Middlewich

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Middlewich house will pay an annual fixed 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 Middlewich home.

Unmetered Customers in Middlewich

Customers without a meter at their Middlewich home will pay 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 Middlewich home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Middlewich is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Middlewich 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Middlewich may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Middlewich?

The average water bill Middlewich residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Middlewich 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Middlewich 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. When you 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 Middlewich?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Middlewich CW10, 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.

Middlewich Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Middlewich

Is water from the tap in Middlewich safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Middlewich come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Middlewich:

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

How hard is the water in Middlewich

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 Middlewich is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Middlewich is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Middlewich contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Middlewich.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Middlewich No Water

If you have no water in your Middlewich home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Middlewich.

If there is no water at your Middlewich home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Middlewich.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Middlewich water leak or flooding

Middlewich water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Middlewich 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 Middlewich property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Middlewich taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Middlewich water this could be because of 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 Middlewich 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 Middlewich water.

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

Internet in Middlewich CW10

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The speed of your internet connection at your Middlewich home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Middlewich with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Middlewich Average Download Speed Middlewich Average Upload Speed
52.70 Mbps 11.80 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Middlewich. 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 is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Middlewich.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Middlewich is the availability. Whilst many homes in Middlewich should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 Middlewich?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Middlewich
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Middlewich homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Middlewich.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Middlewich.
    • 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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Middlewich broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Middlewich. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in Middlewich. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Middlewich Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Middlewich must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Middlewich home is something to think about.

Middlewich broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Middlewich broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Middlewich.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Middlewich?

The average speed of broadband in Middlewich is:

Middlewich Average Download Speed Middlewich Average Upload Speed
52.70 Mbps 11.80 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Middlewich, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Middlewich property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend 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 Middlewich.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 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
5 devices or more 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Middlewich

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

How much does an 01806 Middlewich call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to 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 uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Middlewich

Residents in Middlewich 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 regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Middlewich home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Middlewich distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Middlewich right here.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Middlewich

The electricity distribution network operator for Middlewich 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Middlewich

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

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 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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is 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 Middlewich

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Middlewich, we've found the closest five municipalities to Middlewich.

Closest five municipalities to Middlewich
Municipality Distance from Middlewich
Holmes Chapel 2.99 miles
Goostrey 2.99 miles
Sandbach 6.21 miles
Crewe 7.03 miles