Oldham Water: Contact, Rates, Water Hardness Info - Selectra

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If you just moved and have some Oldham water questions, you will be able to find who handles the Oldham water supply as well as wastewater services in the water information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Oldham water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.


Oldham Water Supplier

Oldham Water is supplied by one water company. United Utilities Water Here are their contact details:

Oldham Water Supply Contact
United Utilities Water Phone Number Opening Times
Metered Supply 0345 672 2999 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, excluding bank holidays
Unmetered Supply 0345 672 2888 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, excluding bank holidays

Want to know more about water meters? check out Selectra's essential guide to water meters.

Oldham sewerage and wastewater is also handled by United Utilities Water. Here are the main Oldham sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Oldham Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
United Utilities Water 0345 672 3723 24/7/365

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

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Water Rates Oldham

Water rates in Oldham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can find out very simply whether your Oldham water rates are metered or not by taking a quick look at your water bill. Homes with a water meter will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Homes that do not have a water meter won't, but they will have the rateable value of the home instead. The rateable value part of your Oldham water rates will have already been determined by your local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

If you've just moved into your new home and don't have a bill, you can look outside your house or in the front garden for a water meter. Sometimes the meter may be located inside your house near the stop tap.

The average water rates Oldham residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £419 a year. This amount combines both your water supply and sewerage costs.

If you want to save money on your water bills then our helpful guide to water rates in the UK will give you some great tips & tricks to lower your water bill.

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Water Hardness in Oldham

Oldham water hardness is rated as soft. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Soft water means that your laundry should be softer after washing, your energy bills lower and appliances will last longer as there will be much less build-up of limescale.

Can you drink the water in Oldham?

Yes! you can drink the water in Oldham. Rest assured that Oldham water meets very high standards making it completely safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Oldham water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, this means that your water is safe to drink. There is no need to boil or filter Oldham water to make it potable.

If you notice any changes in the taste or smell of Oldham water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes in water characteristics can infuse Oldham water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

If you have questions or problems about your water's taste, smell or appearance, you should not hesitate to contact United Utilities Water.

Oldham Water Problems

Oldham water problems can include anything from a burst mains pipe, flooding to no water in your home. This is why you should make sure you know the correct information in order to contact the water provider regarding any water emergencies you may have in the future.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Oldham property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out of the house, call or tweet United Utilities
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of United Utilities water and fill out the online form provided.

Oldham No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is related to your home plumbing or a United Utilities Water outage has impacted Oldham.

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities Water website for any information.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have similar issues as you.
  3. Check that your stop tap is open
  4. 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 or potentially your central heating and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities Water for assistance.

Oldham Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a United Utilities Water issue impacting Oldham.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Oldham may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired or recently serviced
  2. Or, United Utilities Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Oldham to make sure the pipes are in good condition to supply water with
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear
  4. If there is still no improvement after trying this method, you should contact United Utilities Water for more assistance.

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