Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Rainford

Are you moving and want to know more about Rainford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Rainford will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Rainford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Rainford.

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About Rainford, Lancashire

Rainford WA11 has a population of 5,831 and is located in the county of Lancashire. Lancashire has a population of 1,498,300 people.

Who supplies my water in Rainford?

Rainford water services are provided by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Rainford

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

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

Write to United Utilities

You can also write to United Utilities, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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
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Water rates in Rainford

Water bill in Rainford

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

Metered Customers in Rainford

Customers that have a water meter at their Rainford 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 are for the consumption at your Rainford home.

Unmetered Customers in Rainford

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Rainford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Rainford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Rainford is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Rainford 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Rainford 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 Rainford?

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

How do I pay my Rainford 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Rainford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Rainford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Rainford WA11, 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.

Rainford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rainford

Is tap water in Rainford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rainford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rainford:

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

How hard is the water in Rainford

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 Rainford is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Rainford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Rainford 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 which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Rainford.

Rainford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Rainford home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Rainford.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. 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 why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Rainford water leak or flooding

Rainford water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Rainford home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Rainford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Rainford 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 infuse the Rainford 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 Rainford 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.

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Broadband Speed in Rainford WA11

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Rainford with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Rainford Average Download Speed Rainford Average Upload Speed
88.23 Mbps 15.13 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Rainford. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Rainford?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Rainford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Rainford is the availability. Whilst many homes in Rainford should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Rainford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Rainford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Rainford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Rainford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Rainford.
    • 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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Rainford broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Rainford. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Rainford. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Rainford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Rainford must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Rainford home is something to think about.

Rainford broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Rainford internet connection is really important. You might 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 a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Rainford.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Rainford have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Rainford?

The average broadband speed in Rainford is:

Rainford Average Download Speed Rainford Average Upload Speed
88.23 Mbps 15.13 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Rainford, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Rainford property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Rainford.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Rainford

Corded telephone area code Rainford

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Rainford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Rainford, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Rainford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Rainford

Residents of Rainford are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Rainford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Rainford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Rainford 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 Rainford

The electricity distribution network operator for Rainford is Electricity North West. You can find the Electricity North West contact details in the table below:

Electricity North West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 195 4141
Emergencies 105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington
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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

Power Generation near Rainford

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

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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 small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Rainford

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Rainford, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Rainford.

Closest five municipalities to Rainford
Municipality Distance from Rainford
Haydock -
Crank -
Newton-le-Willows 2.71 miles
Earlestown 2.71 miles
Ashton-in-Makerfield 2.72 miles