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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Rainhill

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

About Rainhill, Cheshire

Rainhill L35 has a population of 10,853 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Rainhill?

Rainhill 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 Rainhill

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to deal with your Rainhill water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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
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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 even send your message through 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

Price of water in Rainhill

Water bill in Rainhill

Water rates in Rainhill are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Rainhill water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Rainhill water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Rainhill

Customers with a water meter at their Rainhill 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 Rainhill home.

Unmetered Customers in Rainhill

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Rainhill is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Rainhill 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, getting a water meter for your Rainhill 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 Rainhill?

The average water bill Rainhill residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Rainhill water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities. After you've registered 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 Rainhill bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Rainhill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Rainhill L35, 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.

Rainhill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rainhill

Is water from the tap in Rainhill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rainhill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rainhill:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Rainhill

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 Rainhill is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Rainhill is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Rainhill 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Rainhill No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Rainhill 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 Rainhill.

If there is no water at your Rainhill home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Rainhill.

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 often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Rainhill water leak or flooding

Rainhill water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Rainhill 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 Rainhill 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 can go on the internet at your current location, 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 Rainhill taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Rainhill 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 affect it by infusing your Rainhill water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Rainhill water.

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

Broadband in Rainhill L35

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The broadband speed you get at your Rainhill home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Rainhill with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Rainhill Average Download Speed Rainhill Average Upload Speed
85.60 Mbps 14.93 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Rainhill. 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 homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Rainhill?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Rainhill.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Rainhill is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Rainhill 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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Rainhill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Rainhill
    • We can split fibre connections 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Rainhill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Rainhill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Rainhill.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Rainhill broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Rainhill. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Rainhill. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Rainhill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Rainhill also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Rainhill home will be an important thing to consider.

Rainhill broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Rainhill broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Rainhill.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Rainhill?

The average speed of broadband in Rainhill is:

Rainhill Average Download Speed Rainhill Average Upload Speed
85.60 Mbps 14.93 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Rainhill, 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 Rainhill property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Rainhill.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Rainhill

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Rainhill is 01806. If you call someone in Rainhill, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Rainhill call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Rainhill

Residents in Rainhill are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Rainhill

The electricity distribution network operator for Rainhill 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 Rainhill

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Rainhill

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Rainhill, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Rainhill.

Closest five municipalities to Rainhill
Municipality Distance from Rainhill
Thatto Heath 2.48 miles
Clock Face 2.48 miles
St. Helens 2.52 miles