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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ness

Are you moving and want to know more about Ness? Our utilities guide to Ness is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Ness water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Ness.

About Ness, Cheshire

Ness CH64 has a population of 1,620 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Ness?

Ness water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to reach your water provider in Ness

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

Below, you can find the principal 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 Ness

Water bill in Ness

Water rates in Ness will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Ness water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Ness water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ness

Customers with a water meter at their Ness house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Ness home.

Unmetered Customers in Ness

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Ness is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Ness water rates will have been 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? 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 Ness might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ness?

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

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How do I pay my Ness water bill?

You will first need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Ness bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Ness?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ness CH64, 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.

Ness Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ness

Is water from the tap in Ness safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ness come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ness:

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

Is the water hard in Ness

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 Ness is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Ness is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ness 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 which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Ness.

Ness No Water

If you have no water in your Ness 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 Ness.

If there is no water at your Ness home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Ness.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Ness water leak or flooding

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

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

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

Why does the water in Ness taste strange?

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

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

Broadband Speed in Ness CH64

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The speed of your internet connection at your Ness home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Ness with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Ness Average Download Speed Ness Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ness. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Ness?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Ness.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Ness is what's available. Whilst many homes in Ness should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Ness?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Ness
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Ness homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Ness.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ness.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ness broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Ness. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Ness. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Ness Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ness also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Ness home is going to be important.

Ness broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Ness internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ness.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Ness?

The average speed of broadband in Ness is:

Ness Average Download Speed Ness Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 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 - 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 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 Ness, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Ness property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should take when getting connected in Ness.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Ness

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ness is 0151. When making a call to someone in Ness, and you're located in a different region, you must add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Ness call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Ness

Residents in Ness are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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 Ness home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Ness distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ness in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Ness

The electricity distribution network operator for Ness 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 Ness

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Ness

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Ness, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Ness.

Closest five municipalities to Ness
Municipality Distance from Ness
Willaston -
Parkgate -
Neston -
Puddington -
Heswall 1.89 miles