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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ringway

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

About Ringway, Cheshire

Ringway WA15 has a population of 103 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Ringway?

Ringway water services are supplied by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Ringway

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Ringway water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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 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 Ringway

Water bill in Ringway

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

Metered Customers in Ringway

Customers that have a water meter at their Ringway property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Ringway home.

Unmetered Customers in Ringway

Customers who don't have a meter at their Ringway home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Ringway home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ringway will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Ringway 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Ringway might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Ringway?

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

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How do I pay my Ringway water bill?

You will first 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Ringway bill. While some customers like an 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Ringway?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ringway WA15, 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.

Ringway Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ringway

Is the tap water in Ringway safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ringway come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ringway:

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

Is the water hard in Ringway

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Ringway contains a minimal level 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Ringway No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Ringway home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Ringway.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Ringway water leak or flooding

Ringway water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Ringway home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Ringway taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Ringway 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 Ringway water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Ringway 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.

Broadband Speed in Ringway WA15

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The speed of your internet connection at your Ringway 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
  • Location of the router in your home
  • 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 Ringway 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?

Ringway Average Download Speed Ringway Average Upload Speed
67.48 Mbps 14.48 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ringway. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Ringway?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Ringway.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Ringway is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Ringway should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Ringway?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ringway
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Ringway homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Ringway.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Ringway.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ringway broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Ringway. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer 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 service in Ringway. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Ringway Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Ringway should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Ringway home is going to be important.

Ringway broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Ringway broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ringway.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Ringway?

The average speed of broadband in Ringway is:

Ringway Average Download Speed Ringway Average Upload Speed
67.48 Mbps 14.48 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Ringway, from which it is connected to your property 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 Ringway home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Ringway.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
Over 5 devices 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Ringway

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ringway is 0161. If you're calling somebody in Ringway, and you are in a different area, you should add 0161 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0161 Ringway call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check 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? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Ringway

People living in Ringway are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Ringway home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Ringway distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Ringway in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Ringway

The electricity distribution network operator for Ringway 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 Ringway

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Ringway

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Ringway, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Ringway.

Closest five municipalities to Ringway
Municipality Distance from Ringway
Hale Barns -
Northenden 2.35 miles