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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Northenden

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

About Northenden, Cheshire

Northenden M22 has a population of 15,200 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Northenden?

Northenden water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to reach your water provider in Northenden

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to talk about your Northenden water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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 get in touch with 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.

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 Northenden

Water bill in Northenden

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

Metered Customers in Northenden

Customers with a water meter at their Northenden property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Northenden home.

Unmetered Customers in Northenden

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Northenden is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Northenden water rates would 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Northenden 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 Northenden?

The average water bill Northenden residents are being charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Northenden water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you register your details with United Utilities, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Northenden bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Northenden?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Northenden M22, 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.

Northenden Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Northenden

Is the tap water in Northenden safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Northenden come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Northenden:

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

Is the water hard in Northenden

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Northenden contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Northenden.

Northenden No Water

If you have no water in your Northenden home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Northenden.

If there is no water at your Northenden 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 Northenden.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Northenden water leak or flooding

Northenden water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Northenden 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 Northenden property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call 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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Northenden taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Northenden water this could be down to 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 Northenden 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 Northenden water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities using the contact information above.

Broadband in Northenden M22

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The speed of your internet connection at your Northenden home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Northenden with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Northenden Average Download Speed Northenden Average Upload Speed
74.63 Mbps 14.97 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Northenden. 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 homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Northenden?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Northenden.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Northenden is what's available. Whilst many homes in Northenden should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Northenden?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Northenden
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Northenden homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Northenden.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Northenden.
    • 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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Northenden broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Northenden. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Northenden. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Northenden Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Northenden also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Northenden home is something to think about.

Northenden broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Northenden broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Northenden.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Northenden ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Northenden?

The average broadband speed in Northenden is:

Northenden Average Download Speed Northenden Average Upload Speed
74.63 Mbps 14.97 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Northenden, it's then connected to your house 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 Northenden house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Northenden.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, 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 landline area code in Northenden

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Northenden is 01806. If you call someone in Northenden, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Northenden call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Northenden

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

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

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Northenden

The electricity distribution network operator for Northenden 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Northenden

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

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 amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

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

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Northenden

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Northenden, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Northenden.

Closest five municipalities to Northenden
Municipality Distance from Northenden
Baguley 2.1 miles
Ringway 2.35 miles