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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Wythenshawe

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

About Wythenshawe, Cheshire

Wythenshawe M22 has a population of 110,000 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Wythenshawe?

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

How to reach your water provider in Wythenshawe

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities is one of many contact methods to deal with your Wythenshawe water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

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

Price of water in Wythenshawe

Water bill in Wythenshawe

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

Metered Customers in Wythenshawe

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Wythenshawe 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Wythenshawe home.

Unmetered Customers in Wythenshawe

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Wythenshawe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Wythenshawe 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Wythenshawe might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Wythenshawe?

The average water bill Wythenshawe residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 a year.

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How do I pay my Wythenshawe water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Wythenshawe bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Wythenshawe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wythenshawe M22, 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.

Wythenshawe Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wythenshawe

Is the tap water in Wythenshawe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wythenshawe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wythenshawe:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Wythenshawe

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Wythenshawe contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your 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 Wythenshawe.

Wythenshawe No Water

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

If there is no water at your Wythenshawe home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Wythenshawe.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities, they will often tweet 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.

Wythenshawe water leak or flooding

Wythenshawe water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Wythenshawe 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 Wythenshawe property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact United Utilities whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Wythenshawe taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Wythenshawe water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Wythenshawe water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wythenshawe water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Wythenshawe M22

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Wythenshawe with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Wythenshawe Average Download Speed Wythenshawe Average Upload Speed
74.63 Mbps 14.97 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Wythenshawe. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Wythenshawe.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Wythenshawe is the availability. Whilst many homes in Wythenshawe should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wythenshawe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Wythenshawe
    • 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Wythenshawe homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Wythenshawe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Wythenshawe.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Wythenshawe broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Wythenshawe. There are many providers offering a low cost deal 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 broadband connection in Wythenshawe. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Wythenshawe Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wythenshawe 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 can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Wythenshawe home will be an important thing to consider.

Wythenshawe broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Wythenshawe internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Wythenshawe.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Wythenshawe have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Wythenshawe?

The average internet speed in Wythenshawe is:

Wythenshawe Average Download Speed Wythenshawe Average Upload Speed
74.63 Mbps 14.97 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 Wythenshawe, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Wythenshawe house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Wythenshawe.

Main internet uses 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
3-5 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Wythenshawe

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Wythenshawe is 01806. If you call someone in Wythenshawe, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Wythenshawe call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included with 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 a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Supply in Wythenshawe

Residents in Wythenshawe are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 Wythenshawe home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Wythenshawe distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Wythenshawe in this section.

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 Wythenshawe

The electricity distribution network operator for Wythenshawe 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 Wythenshawe

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

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 small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. 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 is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Wythenshawe

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Wythenshawe, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Wythenshawe.

Closest five municipalities to Wythenshawe
Municipality Distance from Wythenshawe
Baguley 2.1 miles
Ringway 2.35 miles