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Your Guide to Utilities in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

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

About Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Cheshire

Poulton-with-Fearnhead WA1 has a population of 17,019 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

Poulton-with-Fearnhead water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to talk about your Poulton-with-Fearnhead water problems.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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 even send your message through 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
WA55 1SE

Price of water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Water bill in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Water rates in Poulton-with-Fearnhead depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Poulton-with-Fearnhead water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Poulton-with-Fearnhead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Customers with a water meter at their Poulton-with-Fearnhead 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 Poulton-with-Fearnhead home.

Unmetered Customers in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Customers without a meter at their Poulton-with-Fearnhead home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Poulton-with-Fearnhead water rates will 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Poulton-with-Fearnhead might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

The average water bill Poulton-with-Fearnhead residents are charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Poulton-with-Fearnhead water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Poulton-with-Fearnhead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Poulton-with-Fearnhead WA1, 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.

Poulton-with-Fearnhead Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Poulton-with-Fearnhead have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Is tap water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Poulton-with-Fearnhead:

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

How hard is the water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

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 Poulton-with-Fearnhead is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Poulton-with-Fearnhead is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Poulton-with-Fearnhead contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up 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 Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

Poulton-with-Fearnhead No Water

If you have no water in your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

If there is no water at your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

If your home has no 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. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Poulton-with-Fearnhead water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Poulton-with-Fearnhead property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Poulton-with-Fearnhead taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Poulton-with-Fearnhead WA1

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home depends 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 the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Poulton-with-Fearnhead 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?

Poulton-with-Fearnhead Average Download Speed Poulton-with-Fearnhead Average Upload Speed
115.90 Mbps 19.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Poulton-with-Fearnhead. 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.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Poulton-with-Fearnhead.


The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Poulton-with-Fearnhead is the availability. Most homes in Poulton-with-Fearnhead can take advantage of superfast' or fibre 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Poulton-with-Fearnhead
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Poulton-with-Fearnhead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Poulton-with-Fearnhead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Poulton-with-Fearnhead.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Poulton-with-Fearnhead broadband cost

Poulton-with-Fearnhead broadband bill

You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Poulton-with-Fearnhead. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Poulton-with-Fearnhead. 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.

Poulton-with-Fearnhead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Poulton-with-Fearnhead also needs consideration, with so many people that work 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 really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home will be an important thing to consider.

Poulton-with-Fearnhead broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Poulton-with-Fearnhead internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Poulton-with-Fearnhead ask about their broadband.

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Is the internet fast in Poulton-with-Fearnhead?

The average speed of broadband in Poulton-with-Fearnhead is:

Poulton-with-Fearnhead Average Download Speed Poulton-with-Fearnhead Average Upload Speed
115.90 Mbps 19.80 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 a green box on your street in Poulton-with-Fearnhead, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should pick when getting connected in Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 landline area code in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Poulton-with-Fearnhead is 01925. If you're calling somebody in Poulton-with-Fearnhead, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01925 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01925 Poulton-with-Fearnhead call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Residents in Poulton-with-Fearnhead are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied 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 supplies your Poulton-with-Fearnhead home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Poulton-with-Fearnhead distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Poulton-with-Fearnhead in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Poulton-with-Fearnhead

The electricity distribution network operator for Poulton-with-Fearnhead 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

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 Poulton-with-Fearnhead

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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.

Municipalities Near Poulton-with-Fearnhead

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Poulton-with-Fearnhead, we've found the closest five municipalities to Poulton-with-Fearnhead.

Closest five municipalities to Poulton-with-Fearnhead
Municipality Distance from Poulton-with-Fearnhead
Woolston -
Latchford 1 miles
Stockton Heath 1 miles