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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Romiley

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

About Romiley, Cheshire

Romiley SK6 has a population of 34,696 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Romiley?

Romiley water services are provided by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Romiley

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Romiley water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the United Utilities website.

Customer that want to post 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

Cost of water in Romiley

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

Metered Customers in Romiley

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Romiley house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 Romiley home.

Unmetered Customers in Romiley

Customers without a meter at their Romiley home will pay 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 Romiley home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Romiley is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Romiley water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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, having a water meter installed at your Romiley could be 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 Romiley?

The average water bill Romiley residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Romiley water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Romiley 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Romiley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Romiley SK6, 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.

Romiley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Romiley

Is tap water in Romiley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Romiley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Romiley:

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

Is the water hard in Romiley

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 Romiley is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Romiley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Romiley contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Romiley No Water

If you have no water in your Romiley home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Romiley.

If there is no water at your Romiley home, do you only have 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 Romiley.

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 the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities, they often post incident 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.

Romiley water leak or flooding

Romiley water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Romiley home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Romiley property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact United Utilities regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Romiley taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Romiley water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Romiley water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Romiley water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Romiley SK6

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The broadband speed you get at your Romiley home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Romiley Average Download Speed Romiley Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Romiley. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Romiley?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Romiley.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Romiley is what's available. The majority of homes in Romiley should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Romiley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Romiley
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Romiley homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Romiley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Romiley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Romiley broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Romiley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Romiley. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Romiley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Romiley must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Romiley home will be an important thing to consider.

Romiley broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Romiley internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Romiley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Romiley?

The average speed of broadband in Romiley is:

Romiley Average Download Speed Romiley Average Upload Speed
85.90 Mbps 13.05 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Romiley, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Romiley property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Romiley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Romiley

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Romiley is 0161. When making a call to someone in Romiley, and you are not in the same area, you must add 0161 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 0161 Romiley call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 Romiley

Residents in Romiley are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Romiley distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Romiley below.

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 Romiley

The electricity distribution network operator for Romiley 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 Romiley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Romiley

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Romiley, we've found the closest five municipalities to Romiley.

Closest five municipalities to Romiley
Municipality Distance from Romiley
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Hyde 1.93 miles
Broadbottom 1.93 miles
Gee Cross 1.93 miles