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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Newton-le-Willows

If you just moved and have some questions about Newton-le-Willows? Our utilities guide to Newton-le-Willows will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Newton-le-Willows water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Newton-le-Willows.

About Newton-le-Willows, Cheshire

Newton-le-Willows WA12 has a population of 22,114 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Newton-le-Willows?

Newton-le-Willows 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 Newton-le-Willows

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many options to deal with your Newton-le-Willows water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Cost of water in Newton-le-Willows

Water bill in Newton-le-Willows

Water rates in Newton-le-Willows are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Newton-le-Willows water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Newton-le-Willows water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Newton-le-Willows

Customers that have a water meter at their Newton-le-Willows 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 United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Newton-le-Willows home.

Unmetered Customers in Newton-le-Willows

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Newton-le-Willows 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 Newton-le-Willows home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Newton-le-Willows will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Newton-le-Willows water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 Newton-le-Willows could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Newton-le-Willows?

The average water bill Newton-le-Willows residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Newton-le-Willows 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 Newton-le-Willows 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 Newton-le-Willows?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newton-le-Willows WA12, 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.

Newton-le-Willows Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Newton-le-Willows have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newton-le-Willows

Is the tap water in Newton-le-Willows safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Newton-le-Willows. You can rest assured that Newton-le-Willows water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Newton-le-Willows 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 Newton-le-Willows water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Newton-le-Willows come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Newton-le-Willows:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Newton-le-Willows

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 Newton-le-Willows is higher than 201ppm, this means the water in Newton-le-Willows is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Newton-le-Willows contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Newton-le-Willows.

  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.

Newton-le-Willows No Water

If you have no water in your Newton-le-Willows home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Newton-le-Willows.

If there is no water at your Newton-le-Willows home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Newton-le-Willows.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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.

Newton-le-Willows water leak or flooding

Newton-le-Willows water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Newton-le-Willows home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Newton-le-Willows property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

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

Why does the water in Newton-le-Willows taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Newton-le-Willows water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Newton-le-Willows water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Newton-le-Willows water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to United Utilities using the contact information above.

Internet in Newton-le-Willows WA12

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The speed of your internet connection at your Newton-le-Willows home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Newton-le-Willows with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Newton-le-Willows Average Download Speed Newton-le-Willows Average Upload Speed
106.60 Mbps 18.07 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Newton-le-Willows. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Newton-le-Willows?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Newton-le-Willows.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Newton-le-Willows is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Newton-le-Willows can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Newton-le-Willows?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Newton-le-Willows
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Newton-le-Willows homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Newton-le-Willows.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Newton-le-Willows.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Newton-le-Willows broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Newton-le-Willows. 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 fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Newton-le-Willows. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Newton-le-Willows Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Newton-le-Willows must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Newton-le-Willows home is something to think about.

Newton-le-Willows broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Newton-le-Willows internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Newton-le-Willows.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Newton-le-Willows have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Newton-le-Willows?

The average internet speed in Newton-le-Willows is:

Newton-le-Willows Average Download Speed Newton-le-Willows Average Upload Speed
106.60 Mbps 18.07 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Newton-le-Willows, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Newton-le-Willows home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Newton-le-Willows.

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
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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Newton-le-Willows

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Newton-le-Willows is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Newton-le-Willows, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Newton-le-Willows call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Newton-le-Willows

People living in Newton-le-Willows 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.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Newton-le-Willows home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Newton-le-Willows distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Newton-le-Willows 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 responsible for Newton-le-Willows

The electricity distribution network operator for Newton-le-Willows 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

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 Newton-le-Willows

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Newton-le-Willows.

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, 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 is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Newton-le-Willows

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Newton-le-Willows, we've found the closest five municipalities to Newton-le-Willows.

Closest five municipalities to Newton-le-Willows
Municipality Distance from Newton-le-Willows
Rainford 2.71 miles
Moss Bank 2.71 miles
Haydock 2.71 miles
Crank 2.71 miles