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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Puddington

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

About Puddington, Cheshire

Puddington CH64 has a population of 381 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Puddington?

Puddington 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 Puddington

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

In the table below you will find the 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

Additionally, you can communicate 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

Water rates in Puddington

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

Metered Customers in Puddington

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Puddington 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Puddington home.

Unmetered Customers in Puddington

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Puddington home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Puddington home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Puddington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Puddington water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Puddington could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Puddington?

The average water bill Puddington residents are charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Puddington water bill?

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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Puddington bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Puddington?

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

Puddington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Puddington

Is water from the tap in Puddington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Puddington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Puddington:

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

Is the water hard in Puddington

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 Puddington is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Puddington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Puddington 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 Puddington.

Puddington No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for help. 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 information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Puddington water leak or flooding

Puddington water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Puddington 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 Puddington property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Puddington taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Puddington water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Puddington water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Puddington water.

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

Internet in Puddington CH64

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Puddington home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Puddington 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?

Puddington Average Download Speed Puddington Average Upload Speed
74.23 Mbps 16.83 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Puddington. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, 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 Puddington?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Puddington.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Puddington is the availability. Most homes in Puddington should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Puddington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Puddington
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Puddington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Puddington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Puddington.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Puddington broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Puddington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Puddington. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Puddington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Puddington also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

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

Puddington broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Puddington broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Puddington.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Puddington?

The average internet speed in Puddington is:

Puddington Average Download Speed Puddington 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Puddington, from which it is connected to your property 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 Puddington property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Puddington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
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 the two radio frequencies 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 a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Puddington

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Puddington is 0151. If you call someone in Puddington, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 0151 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0151 Puddington call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Puddington

Residents in Puddington are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Puddington home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Puddington distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Puddington below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Puddington

The electricity distribution network operator for Puddington 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 Puddington

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Puddington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Puddington, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Puddington.

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