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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Winsford

If you just moved and have some questions about Winsford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Winsford will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Winsford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Winsford.

About Winsford, Cheshire

Winsford CW7 has a population of 30,259 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Winsford?

Winsford water services are provided by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities:

How to reach your water provider in Winsford

Calling a phone number for United Utilities is one of many options to talk about your Winsford water account.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 Winsford

Water bill in Winsford

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

Metered Customers in Winsford

Customers with a water meter at their Winsford house will pay an annual fixed 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 Winsford home.

Unmetered Customers in Winsford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Winsford 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 Winsford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Winsford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Winsford 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Winsford may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Winsford?

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

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How do I pay my Winsford water bill?

First of all, you will 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Winsford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Winsford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Winsford CW7, 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.

Winsford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Winsford

Is water from the tap in Winsford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Winsford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Winsford:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Winsford

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Winsford contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Winsford.

  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.

Winsford No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  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.

Winsford water leak or flooding

Winsford water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Winsford 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 Winsford property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Winsford taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with United Utilities using the contact information above.

Internet in Winsford CW7

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Winsford 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?

Winsford Average Download Speed Winsford Average Upload Speed
54.60 Mbps 12.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Winsford. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Winsford?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Winsford.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Winsford is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Winsford should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 Winsford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Winsford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Winsford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Winsford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Winsford.
    • 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, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Winsford broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Winsford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Winsford. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Winsford Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Winsford must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Winsford home is something to think about.

Winsford broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Winsford broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Winsford.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Winsford?

The average internet speed in Winsford is:

Winsford Average Download Speed Winsford Average Upload Speed
54.60 Mbps 12.70 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 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 boxes on your street in Winsford, 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 Winsford house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

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 which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Winsford.

Usual Internet habits 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
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Winsford

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Winsford is 01806. If you call someone in Winsford, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Winsford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Winsford

Residents in Winsford 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.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Winsford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Winsford right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Winsford

The electricity distribution network operator for Winsford 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 Winsford

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Winsford

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Winsford, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Winsford.

Closest five municipalities to Winsford
Municipality Distance from Winsford
Northwich 5.39 miles
Holmes Chapel 5.77 miles
Goostrey 5.77 miles
Crewe 8.16 miles
Frodsham 8.22 miles