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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Parkgate

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

About Parkgate, Cheshire

Parkgate CH64 has a population of 336 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Parkgate?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Parkgate

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is just one method of contact to deal with your Parkgate water account.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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 get in touch with United Utilities, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Water rates in Parkgate

Water bill in Parkgate

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

Metered Customers in Parkgate

Customers with a water meter at their Parkgate 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 Parkgate home.

Unmetered Customers in Parkgate

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Parkgate home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Parkgate home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Parkgate will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Parkgate water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Parkgate may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Parkgate?

The average water bill Parkgate residents are charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Parkgate water bill?

You will first 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Parkgate bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Parkgate?

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

Parkgate Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Parkgate

Is tap water in Parkgate safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Parkgate come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Parkgate:

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

How hard is the water in Parkgate

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 Parkgate is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Parkgate is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Parkgate contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Parkgate No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Parkgate home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Parkgate.

If there is no water at your Parkgate home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Parkgate.

If you don't have any 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 will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Parkgate water leak or flooding

Parkgate water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Parkgate 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 Parkgate property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Parkgate taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Parkgate water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Parkgate water.

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

Broadband Speed in Parkgate CH64

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The speed of your internet connection at your Parkgate home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Parkgate with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Parkgate Average Download Speed Parkgate Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Parkgate. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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 this type of connection is the only one available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Parkgate?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Parkgate.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Parkgate is what's available. Most homes in Parkgate should have access to fibre or 'superfast' 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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Parkgate?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Parkgate
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Parkgate homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Parkgate.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Parkgate.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Parkgate broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Parkgate. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Parkgate. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Parkgate Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Parkgate also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, 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 playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Parkgate home is something to think about.

Parkgate broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Parkgate broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Parkgate.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Parkgate?

The average speed of broadband in Parkgate is:

Parkgate Average Download Speed Parkgate Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Parkgate, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Parkgate home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Parkgate.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Parkgate

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Parkgate is 0151. If you're calling somebody in Parkgate, and you are not in the same area, you should add 0151 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0151 Parkgate call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Parkgate

Residents in Parkgate are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied 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 connects your Parkgate home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Parkgate distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Parkgate right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Parkgate

The electricity distribution network operator for Parkgate 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 Parkgate

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Parkgate

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Parkgate, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Parkgate.

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