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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Allerton

If you just moved and have some questions about Allerton? Our complete guide to utilities in Allerton will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Allerton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Allerton.

About Allerton, West Yorkshire

Allerton BD15 has a population of 12,000 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Allerton?

Allerton water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Allerton

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Allerton water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone number
0345 124 2424 0800 573 553
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Yorkshire Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Water rates in Allerton

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Water rates in Allerton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Allerton water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Allerton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Allerton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Allerton home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Allerton home.

Unmetered Customers in Allerton

Customers without a meter at their Allerton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Allerton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Allerton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Allerton water prices were 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Allerton 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 Allerton?

The average water bill Allerton residents are billed is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Allerton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Allerton 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. After you've set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Allerton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Allerton BD15, 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.

Allerton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Allerton

Is water from the tap in Allerton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Allerton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Allerton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Allerton

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 Allerton is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Allerton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Allerton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home 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 Allerton.

Allerton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Allerton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Allerton.

If there is no water at your Allerton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Allerton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Allerton water leak or flooding

Allerton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Allerton home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Allerton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  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 Allerton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Allerton 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 Allerton 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 Allerton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Allerton BD15

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The speed of your internet connection at your Allerton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Allerton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Allerton Average Download Speed Allerton Average Upload Speed
86.95 Mbps 15.15 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Allerton. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Allerton.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Allerton is the availability. The majority of homes in Allerton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Allerton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Allerton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Allerton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Allerton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Allerton.
    • 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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Allerton broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Allerton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Allerton. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Allerton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Allerton should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Allerton home will be an important thing to consider.

Allerton broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Allerton broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Allerton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Allerton?

The average internet speed in Allerton is:

Allerton Average Download Speed Allerton Average Upload Speed
86.95 Mbps 15.15 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Allerton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Allerton home. 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 would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take for a broadband service in Allerton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
More than 5 devices All the above plus large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 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 transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Allerton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Allerton is 01806. If you call someone in Allerton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Allerton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Allerton

Residents of Allerton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Allerton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Allerton 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 Allerton

The electricity distribution network operator for Allerton 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 Allerton

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

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 tiny amount was generated with 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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Allerton

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Allerton, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Allerton.

Closest five municipalities to Allerton
Municipality Distance from Allerton
Norr -
Harden 1.85 miles
Bingley 1.85 miles
Cottingley 1.85 miles
Eldwick 1.85 miles