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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Pickmere

If you just moved and have some questions about Pickmere? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Pickmere is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Pickmere water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Pickmere.

About Pickmere, Cheshire

Pickmere CW9 has a population of 541 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Pickmere?

Pickmere 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 Pickmere

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many options to talk about your Pickmere water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities telephone number United Utilities Emergency telephone 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 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

Water rates in Pickmere

Water bill in Pickmere

Water rates in Pickmere depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Pickmere water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Pickmere water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Pickmere

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Pickmere 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 Pickmere home.

Unmetered Customers in Pickmere

Customers without a meter at their Pickmere 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 Pickmere home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Pickmere is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Pickmere water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Pickmere might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Pickmere?

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

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How do I pay my Pickmere 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Pickmere bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Pickmere?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Pickmere CW9, 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.

Pickmere Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Pickmere have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Pickmere

Is water from the tap in Pickmere safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Pickmere come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Pickmere:

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

Is the water hard in Pickmere

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 Pickmere is over 201ppm, this means the water in Pickmere is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Pickmere contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Pickmere.

  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.

Pickmere No Water

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

If there is no water at your Pickmere home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Pickmere.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. 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. Check 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.

Pickmere water leak or flooding

Pickmere water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Pickmere home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Pickmere property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Pickmere taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Pickmere water this could be because of 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 Pickmere water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Pickmere water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Pickmere CW9

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Pickmere with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Pickmere Average Download Speed Pickmere Average Upload Speed
54.67 Mbps 12.07 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Pickmere. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Pickmere?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Pickmere.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Pickmere is the availability. Whilst many homes in Pickmere should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes 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 as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Pickmere?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Pickmere
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Pickmere homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Pickmere.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Pickmere.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Pickmere broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Pickmere. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Pickmere. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Pickmere Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Pickmere also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Pickmere home is going to be important.

Pickmere broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Pickmere broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Pickmere.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Pickmere?

The average internet speed in Pickmere is:

Pickmere Average Download Speed Pickmere Average Upload Speed
54.67 Mbps 12.07 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Pickmere, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Pickmere house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Pickmere.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Pickmere

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Pickmere is 01565. If you're calling somebody in Pickmere, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01565 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01565 Pickmere call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Pickmere

People living in Pickmere can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Pickmere home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Pickmere distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Pickmere in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Pickmere

The electricity distribution network operator for Pickmere 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 Pickmere

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Pickmere

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Pickmere, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Pickmere.

Closest five municipalities to Pickmere
Municipality Distance from Pickmere
Wincham -
Warburton 3.66 miles
Statham 3.66 miles
Lymm 3.66 miles
Timperley 4.16 miles