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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Timperley

If you just moved and have some questions about Timperley? Our complete guide to utilities in Timperley will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Timperley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Timperley.

About Timperley, Cheshire

Timperley WA14 has a population of 11,061 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Timperley?

Timperley water services are supplied by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Timperley

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

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

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone 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 also send your request via 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

Cost of water in Timperley

Water bill in Timperley

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

Metered Customers in Timperley

Customers with a water meter at their Timperley home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Timperley home.

Unmetered Customers in Timperley

Customers who don't have a meter at their Timperley home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Timperley home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Timperley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Timperley water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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 Timperley 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 Timperley?

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

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How do I pay my Timperley water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Timperley bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Timperley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Timperley WA14, 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.

Timperley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Timperley

Is tap water in Timperley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Timperley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Timperley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Timperley

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 Timperley is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Timperley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

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

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Timperley.

Timperley No Water

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

If there is no water at your Timperley home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Timperley.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Timperley water leak or flooding

Timperley water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Timperley 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 Timperley property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  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, 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 Timperley taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Timperley 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 Timperley water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Timperley water.

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

Broadband in Timperley WA14

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Timperley Average Download Speed Timperley Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Timperley. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Timperley?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Timperley.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Timperley is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Timperley can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Timperley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Timperley
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Timperley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Timperley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Timperley.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Timperley broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Timperley. There are many providers 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 before you sign up to a internet connection in Timperley. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Timperley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Timperley should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Timperley home will be an important thing to consider.

Timperley broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Timperley broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Timperley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Timperley?

The average internet speed in Timperley is:

Timperley Average Download Speed Timperley Average Upload Speed
60.30 Mbps 12.60 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Timperley, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Timperley home. 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. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Timperley.

Main internet uses 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, plus 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Timperley

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Timperley is 0161. If you call someone in Timperley, and you're located in a different region, you must add 0161 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0161 Timperley call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different 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 Timperley

Residents of Timperley are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Timperley home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Timperley distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Timperley below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Timperley

The electricity distribution network operator for Timperley 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 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 Timperley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Timperley

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Timperley, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Timperley.