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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Speke

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

About Speke, Cheshire

Speke L24 has a population of 21,299 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Speke?

Speke water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Speke

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Speke water account.

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 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

Water rates in Speke

Water bill in Speke

Water rates in Speke depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Speke water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Speke water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Speke

Customers with a water meter at their Speke home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 Speke home.

Unmetered Customers in Speke

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Speke 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 Speke home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Speke will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Speke 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 Speke could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Speke?

The average water bill Speke residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Speke water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Speke bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Speke?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Speke L24, 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.

Speke Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Speke

Is tap water in Speke safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Speke come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Speke:

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

How hard is the water in Speke

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Speke 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Speke No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Speke home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Speke.

If there is no water at your Speke home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Speke.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine 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.

Speke water leak or flooding

Speke water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Speke 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 Speke 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, 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 Speke taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Speke 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 infuse the Speke water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Speke water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to United Utilities on the contact details above.

Internet in Speke L24

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Speke home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Speke Average Download Speed Speke Average Upload Speed
73.95 Mbps 12.45 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Speke. 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 households in the UK.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Speke?

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. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Speke.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Speke is the availability. Most homes in Speke can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Speke?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Speke
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as '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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Speke homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Speke.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Speke.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Speke broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Speke. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Speke. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Speke Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Speke also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Speke home is something to think about.

Speke broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Speke internet connection 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 can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Speke.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Speke ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Speke?

The average broadband speed in Speke is:

Speke Average Download Speed Speke Average Upload Speed
73.95 Mbps 12.45 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 - 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Speke, 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 Speke property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take for a broadband service in Speke.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Speke

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Speke is 01806. When making a call to someone in Speke, 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 Speke call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, 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 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 you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Speke

Residents of Speke can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Speke home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Speke distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Speke below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Speke

The electricity distribution network operator for Speke 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 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 Speke

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Speke

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

Closest five municipalities to Speke
Municipality Distance from Speke
Belle Vale 2.49 miles
Hunts Cross 2.49 miles
Gateacre 2.49 miles
Woolton 2.49 miles