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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Rainow

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

About Rainow, Cheshire

Rainow SK10 has a population of 2,505 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Rainow?

Rainow 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 Rainow

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to talk about your Rainow water issues.

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

United Utilities contact number United Utilities Emergency contact 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 also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Rainow

Water bill in Rainow

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

Metered Customers in Rainow

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Rainow 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 are for the consumption at your Rainow home.

Unmetered Customers in Rainow

Customers without a meter at their Rainow home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Rainow home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Rainow is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Rainow 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Rainow 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 Rainow?

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

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How do I pay my Rainow water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Rainow bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your United Utilities account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Rainow?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Rainow SK10, 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.

Rainow Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rainow

Is tap water in Rainow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rainow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rainow:

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

Is the water hard in Rainow

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 Rainow is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Rainow is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Rainow contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Rainow.

Rainow No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Rainow 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 Rainow.

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

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 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Rainow water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Rainow taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Rainow SK10

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The speed of your internet connection at your Rainow home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Rainow with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Rainow Average Download Speed Rainow Average Upload Speed
71.95 Mbps 12.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Rainow. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Rainow?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Rainow.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Rainow is the availability. The majority of homes in Rainow should have access to 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Rainow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Rainow
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Rainow homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Rainow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Rainow.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Rainow broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Rainow. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Rainow. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Rainow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Rainow also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

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

Rainow broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Rainow internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Rainow.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Rainow?

The average broadband speed in Rainow is:

Rainow Average Download Speed Rainow Average Upload Speed
71.95 Mbps 12.70 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 a green box on your street in Rainow, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Rainow property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Rainow.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and 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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Rainow

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Rainow is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Rainow, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Rainow call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Rainow

People living in Rainow can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of 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 supplies your Rainow home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Rainow distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Rainow in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Rainow

The electricity distribution network operator for Rainow 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 ElectricityCustomerRelation@enwl.co.uk
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Rainow

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

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 tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Rainow

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Rainow, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Rainow.

Closest five municipalities to Rainow
Municipality Distance from Rainow
Pott Shrigley -
Bollington -
Macclesfield -
Handforth 5.22 miles