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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Airedale

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

About Airedale, West Yorkshire

Airedale WF10 has a population of 14,811 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Airedale?

Airedale water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Airedale

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Airedale water account.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone number
0345 124 2424 0800 573 553
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Yorkshire Water can do so by writing to the Yorkshire Water address below:

Yorkshire Water Address
Western House, Halifax Road
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Cost of water in Airedale

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Water rates in Airedale will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Airedale water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Airedale water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Airedale

Customers that have a water meter at their Airedale property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Airedale home.

Unmetered Customers in Airedale

Customers who don't have a meter at their Airedale home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Airedale home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Airedale is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Airedale water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Airedale might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Airedale?

The average water bill Airedale residents are charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Airedale water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, 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 Airedale bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Yorkshire Water 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 Airedale?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Airedale WF10, your water supplier is Yorkshire Water.

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.

Airedale Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Airedale

Is water from the tap in Airedale safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Airedale come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Airedale:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Airedale

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 Airedale is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Airedale is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Airedale contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Airedale.

Airedale No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Airedale 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 Airedale.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Airedale water leak or flooding

Airedale water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Airedale 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 Airedale property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Airedale taste strange?

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Airedale WF10

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Airedale 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?

Airedale Average Download Speed Airedale Average Upload Speed
63.95 Mbps 12.80 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Airedale. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, 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 Airedale?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Airedale.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Airedale is what's available. Whilst many homes in Airedale can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

How can I connect to the internet in Airedale?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Airedale
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Airedale homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Airedale.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Airedale.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Airedale broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Airedale. 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 small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Airedale. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Airedale Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Airedale must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

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

Airedale broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Airedale broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need 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 is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Airedale.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Airedale have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Airedale?

The average internet speed in Airedale is:

Airedale Average Download Speed Airedale Average Upload Speed
63.95 Mbps 12.80 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Airedale, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Airedale property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Airedale.

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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel 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 Airedale

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

How much does an 01806 Airedale call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the 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 different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Airedale

People living in Airedale 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 distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Airedale home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Airedale distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Airedale 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 in Airedale

The electricity distribution network operator for Airedale is Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire. You can find the Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 375 675
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

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 Airedale

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Airedale

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Airedale, we've found the five closest municipalities to Airedale.

Closest five municipalities to Airedale
Municipality Distance from Airedale
Allerton Bywater 0.01 miles
Castleford 0.01 miles
Cross Gates 3.85 miles