Altrincham Water: Hardness, Rates & Info
If you have just moved and have a few Altrincham water questions, you will be able to find out who handles the Altrincham water supply as well as wastewater services in the information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Altrincham's water hardness level, so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.
Altrincham Water Supplier
Altrincham's Water is supplied by one water company, United Utilities. Here are the main Altrincham water supplier contact details:
|Water Supplier||Phone Number||Opening Times|
|United Utilities||Metered - 0345 672 2888 / Non Metered - 0345 672 2999||Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm|
Altrincham's sewerage and wastewater is also handled by United Utilities.
|Water Supplier||Phone Number||Opening Times|
|United Utilities||0345 672 3723||24/7|
Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.
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Where does United Utilities Water come from?
More than two-thirds of the water in the United Utilities coverage area comes from the Cumbrian reservoirs of Haweswater and Thirlmere in the Lake District, from the Pennines or from Lake Vyrnwy in Wales. A quarter comes from rivers, such as the River Dee, and the rest is sourced from boreholes. The water from all of these sources goes through a thorough filtering process before reaching your Altrincham home to ensure its high quality.
Water Rates Altrincham
Your water rates in Altrincham will depend on if your property has a water meter. You can find out whether your Altrincham water rates are metered or not by looking at your water bill. Homes with metered Altrincham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills which should match one on your water meter.
Homes that are not metered will have the rateable value of the home instead of a meter number. The rateable value part of your Altrincham water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and most likely will not have changed significantly since. This value was based on factors such as the size of the property and the area in which it is situated.
The average water rates Altrincham water residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £419 a year. This amount combines both sewerage costs and water supply.
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Altrincham Water Hardness
Altrincham water hardness is rated as soft. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in the United Utilities water supply area, Altrincham picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.
Altrincham's water hardness rating means that the water in your home is unlikely to lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and loos. Additionally, your energy bills will be more efficient, your washing should be softer, and your appliances should last longer due to a lack of limescale build-up in comparison to hard water areas.
Can you drink the water in Altrincham?
Yes! You can drink the water in Altrincham without the need for concern. Altrincham's water meets high standards making it safe to drink, in fact, the water quality of Altrincham was scored at 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance by the UK Drinking Water Inspectorate. It is not necessary to filter, boil or otherwise alter Altrincham's water to make it potable.
It is possible that the taste or smell of your water can vary depending on several factors such as those demonstrated below:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes in water characteristics can infuse the water in Altrincham with an earthier taste or smell, particularly in the autumn and winter periods.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of the water in your household, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.
If you have questions or concerns about your water's taste, smell or appearance, you should not hesitate to contact United Utilities, who will provide further assistance..
Altrincham Water Problems
Altrincham's water problems could include anything from burst water mains to flooding or even having no water in your home. This is why it is important to know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies so that you can get your home up and running again.
If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Altrincham property, you need to do one of the following:
- If you are out and about, call or tweet at United Utilities depending on whether the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you are near a computer, go to the "Incident Check" or "Report a problem" section of the United Utilities website to follow their troubleshooting guide, or seek to make contact.
Altrincham No Water
If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or a United Utilities outage impacting Altrincham.
- Check if your neighbours are also having the same issue as you.
- Is the stop tap is open? If this is in the off position, then no water will be able to flow to your taps.
- Go to the "Diagnose, report and resolve" sections of the United Utilities website and follow their step-by-step guide to further understand or escalate the issue.
If you have no water, is it only no cold water or no hot water? If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company, seeing as the water supply to the property is still functional.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities Water for assistance, as this indicates a supply issue.