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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Mow Cop

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

About Mow Cop, Cheshire

Mow Cop ST7 has a population of 5,976 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Mow Cop?

Mow Cop water utilities are supplied by Severn Trent. Below are the main phone numbers for Severn Trent, and United Utilities:

How to reach your water providers in Mow Cop

Speaking to an advisor at Severn Trent or United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Mow Cop water problems.

Severn Trent telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent telephone number Severn Trent Emergency telephone number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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United Utilities telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main 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

Write to Severn Trent or United Utilities

Additionally, you can communicate with Severn Trent or United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website.

Severn Trent

If you prefer to send a letter to Severn Trent can do so by writing to the Severn Trent address below:

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

If you would like to email Severn Trent, you should use the following email address:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

United Utilities

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 Mow Cop

Water bill in Mow Cop

Water rates in Mow Cop depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Mow Cop water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Mow Cop water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Mow Cop

Customers with a water meter at their Mow Cop property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Severn Trent or United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Mow Cop home.

Unmetered Customers in Mow Cop

Customers who don't have a meter at their Mow Cop home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Mow Cop home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Mow Cop is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Mow Cop 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 you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Mow Cop may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Mow Cop?

The average water bill Mow Cop residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
United Utilities £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Mow Cop water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Severn Trent or United Utilities. After you've registered with Severn Trent or 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 Mow Cop bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Severn Trent or 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 Mow Cop?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Mow Cop ST7, your water suppliers are Severn Trent and 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.

Mow Cop Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Mow Cop have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Mow Cop

Is the tap water in Mow Cop safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Mow Cop come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Mow Cop:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Mow Cop

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 Mow Cop is more than 276ppm, this means the water in Mow Cop is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Mow Cop contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Mow Cop.

  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.

Mow Cop No Water

If you have no water in your Mow Cop home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Mow Cop.

If there is no water at your Mow Cop home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Mow Cop.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent or United Utilities for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Severn Trent or United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Mow Cop water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Severn Trent or United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Severn Trent or United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Mow Cop taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Mow Cop water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Mow Cop water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Severn Trent or United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Mow Cop ST7

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The broadband speed you get at your Mow Cop home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Mow Cop with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Mow Cop Average Download Speed Mow Cop Average Upload Speed
70.02 Mbps 14.66 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Mow Cop. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Mow Cop?

In 2022, the internet is about 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 to think about when picking a broadband provider in Mow Cop.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Mow Cop is the availability. Most homes in Mow Cop should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Mow Cop?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Mow Cop
    • We can split fibre connections 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 comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Mow Cop homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Mow Cop.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Mow Cop.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Mow Cop broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Mow Cop. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Mow Cop. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Mow Cop Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Mow Cop also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Mow Cop home will be an important thing to consider.

Mow Cop broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Mow Cop broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Mow Cop.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Mow Cop ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Mow Cop?

The average internet speed in Mow Cop is:

Mow Cop Average Download Speed Mow Cop Average Upload Speed
70.02 Mbps 14.66 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Mow Cop, 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 Mow Cop home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Mow Cop.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your 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 telephone area code for Mow Cop

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Mow Cop is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Mow Cop, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Mow Cop call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should 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 inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Mow Cop

People living in Mow Cop can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local 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 supplies your Mow Cop home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Mow Cop distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Mow Cop right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Mow Cop

The electricity distribution network operator for Mow Cop is Western Power Distribution - Midlands. You can find the Western Power Distribution - Midlands contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - Midlands Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email wpdnewsuppliesmids@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Toll End Road
Tipton

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 Mow Cop

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as 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 Mow Cop

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

Closest five municipalities to Mow Cop
Municipality Distance from Mow Cop
Alsager -
Burslem 3.35 miles
Brown Edge 3.35 miles
Smallthorne 3.35 miles