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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wolverham

If you've moved and have questions about Wolverham? Our complete guide to utilities in Wolverham will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Wolverham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Wolverham.

About Wolverham, Cheshire

Wolverham CH65 is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Wolverham?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Wolverham

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is just one method of contact to discuss your Wolverham water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main 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 Wolverham

Water bill in Wolverham

Water rates in Wolverham will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Wolverham water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Wolverham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wolverham

Customers with a water meter at their Wolverham 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 are for the consumption at your Wolverham home.

Unmetered Customers in Wolverham

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Wolverham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Wolverham home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Wolverham will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Wolverham 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Wolverham 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 Wolverham?

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

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How do I pay my Wolverham water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with United Utilities. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Wolverham bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Wolverham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wolverham CH65, 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.

Wolverham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wolverham

Is water from the tap in Wolverham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wolverham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wolverham:

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

How hard is the water in Wolverham

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Wolverham contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. 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 Wolverham.

Wolverham No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Wolverham home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Wolverham.

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

If you don't have any 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 why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Wolverham water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Wolverham property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  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 Wolverham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Wolverham 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 Wolverham water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Wolverham water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities on the contact details above.

Internet in Wolverham CH65

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The speed of your internet connection at your Wolverham home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Wolverham with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Wolverham Average Download Speed Wolverham Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Wolverham. 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 internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Wolverham.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Wolverham is what's available. Most homes in Wolverham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Wolverham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Wolverham
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Wolverham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Wolverham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Wolverham.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Wolverham broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Wolverham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in Wolverham. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Wolverham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Wolverham must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

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

Wolverham broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Wolverham internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Wolverham.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Wolverham ask about their broadband.

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Is the internet fast in Wolverham?

The average broadband speed in Wolverham is:

Wolverham Average Download Speed Wolverham Average Upload Speed
79.85 Mbps 18.35 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Wolverham, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Wolverham home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 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. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Wolverham.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Wolverham

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Wolverham is 0151. If you call someone in Wolverham, and you are not in the same area, you must add 0151 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 0151 Wolverham call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included in that 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 calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Wolverham

Residents in Wolverham are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Wolverham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Wolverham 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 Wolverham

The electricity distribution network operator for Wolverham 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 Wolverham

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Wolverham

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

Closest five municipalities to Wolverham
Municipality Distance from Wolverham
Whitby -
Ellesmere Port -
Little Sutton 2.02 miles
Childer Thornton 2.02 miles