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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wincham

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

About Wincham, Cheshire

Wincham CW9 has a population of 2,162 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Wincham?

Wincham water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Wincham

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities is one of many contact methods to talk about your Wincham water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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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You can also get in touch with 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

Price of water in Wincham

Water bill in Wincham

Water rates in Wincham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Wincham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Wincham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wincham

Customers that have a water meter at their Wincham 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 Wincham home.

Unmetered Customers in Wincham

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Wincham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Wincham water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Wincham might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Wincham?

The average water bill Wincham residents are being charged is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

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How do I pay my Wincham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you've registered 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 Wincham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Wincham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wincham CW9, 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.

Wincham Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Wincham have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wincham

Is the tap water in Wincham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wincham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wincham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Wincham

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 Wincham is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Wincham is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Wincham contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Wincham.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Wincham No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for advice. 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. 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Wincham water leak or flooding

Wincham water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Wincham home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Wincham property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Wincham taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Wincham 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 infuse the Wincham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wincham water.

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

Internet in Wincham CW9

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The broadband speed you get at your Wincham home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Wincham 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?

Wincham Average Download Speed Wincham Average Upload Speed
54.67 Mbps 12.07 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Wincham. 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Wincham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Wincham is the availability. Most homes in Wincham should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wincham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Wincham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Wincham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Wincham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Wincham.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Wincham broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Wincham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal 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 service in Wincham. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Wincham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wincham also needs consideration, 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.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Wincham home will be an important thing to consider.

Wincham broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Wincham broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Wincham.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Wincham have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Wincham?

The average speed of broadband in Wincham is:

Wincham Average Download Speed Wincham Average Upload Speed
54.67 Mbps 12.07 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Wincham, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Wincham house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

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

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download 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
Over 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Wincham

Corded telephone area code Wincham

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Wincham is 01565. If you call someone in Wincham, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01565 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01565 Wincham call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain 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 telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Wincham

Residents in Wincham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Wincham home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Wincham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Wincham 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 responsible for Wincham

The electricity distribution network operator for Wincham 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 Wincham

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

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%). Furthermore, 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Wincham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Wincham, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Wincham.

Closest five municipalities to Wincham
Municipality Distance from Wincham
Pickmere -
Warburton 3.66 miles
Statham 3.66 miles
Lymm 3.66 miles
Timperley 4.16 miles