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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Padgate

Are you moving and want to know more about Padgate? Our utilities guide to Padgate will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Padgate water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Padgate.

About Padgate, Cheshire

Padgate WA2 is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Padgate?

Padgate water services are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Padgate

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

In the table below you will find the 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via 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 Padgate

Water bill in Padgate

Water rates in Padgate will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Padgate water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Padgate water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Padgate

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Padgate home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 cover the consumption at your Padgate home.

Unmetered Customers in Padgate

Customers without a meter at their Padgate home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Padgate home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Padgate is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Padgate 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Padgate could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Padgate?

The average water bill Padgate residents are billed is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Padgate water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you've registered 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 Padgate bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Padgate?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Padgate WA2, 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.

Padgate Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Padgate have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Padgate

Is water from the tap in Padgate safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Padgate. You can rest assured that Padgate water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Padgate water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Padgate water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Padgate come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Padgate:

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

Is the water hard in Padgate

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 Padgate is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Padgate is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Padgate 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Padgate No Water

If you have no water in your Padgate home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Padgate.

If there is no water at your Padgate home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Padgate.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Padgate water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Padgate taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Padgate 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 impermeate the Padgate water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Padgate 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 Padgate WA2

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The broadband speed you get at your Padgate home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Padgate 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?

Padgate Average Download Speed Padgate Average Upload Speed
113.57 Mbps 18.63 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Padgate. 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 homes 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.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Padgate?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Padgate.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Padgate is what's available. Most homes in Padgate can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Padgate?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Padgate
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Padgate homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Padgate.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Padgate.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Padgate broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Padgate. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Padgate. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Padgate Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Padgate should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your 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 Padgate home will be an important thing to consider.

Padgate broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Padgate internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Padgate.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Padgate?

The average internet speed in Padgate is:

Padgate Average Download Speed Padgate Average Upload Speed
113.57 Mbps 18.63 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 Padgate, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Padgate home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Padgate.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Padgate

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Padgate is 01806. If you call someone in Padgate, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Padgate call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Padgate

Residents of Padgate are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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 Padgate home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Padgate distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Padgate below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Padgate

The electricity distribution network operator for Padgate 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 Padgate

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Padgate

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Padgate, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Padgate.

Closest five municipalities to Padgate
Municipality Distance from Padgate
Bruche 1.25 miles