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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Almondbury

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

About Almondbury, West Yorkshire

Almondbury HD5 has a population of 18,346 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Almondbury?

Almondbury water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Almondbury

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Almondbury water problems.

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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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. 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

Price of water in Almondbury

Water bill in Almondbury

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

Metered Customers in Almondbury

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Almondbury 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 Almondbury home.

Unmetered Customers in Almondbury

Customers who don't have a meter at their Almondbury home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Almondbury home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Almondbury is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Almondbury water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Almondbury may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Almondbury?

The average water bill Almondbury residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Almondbury water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Almondbury bill. While some customers like an 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Almondbury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Almondbury HD5, 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.

Almondbury Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Almondbury have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Almondbury

Is water from the tap in Almondbury safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Almondbury. You can rest assured that Almondbury water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Almondbury water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Almondbury water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Almondbury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Almondbury:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Almondbury

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 Almondbury is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Almondbury is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Almondbury contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Almondbury No Water

If you have no water in your Almondbury 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 Almondbury.

If there is no water at your Almondbury home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Almondbury.

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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Almondbury water leak or flooding

Almondbury water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Almondbury home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Almondbury property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Almondbury taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Almondbury 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 affect it by infusing your Almondbury water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Almondbury water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Almondbury HD5

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Almondbury 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?

Almondbury Average Download Speed Almondbury Average Upload Speed
79.23 Mbps 19.67 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Almondbury. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Almondbury?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Almondbury.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Almondbury is the availability. Most homes in Almondbury should be able to enjoy 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Almondbury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Almondbury
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Almondbury homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Almondbury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Almondbury.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Almondbury broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Almondbury. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Almondbury. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Almondbury Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Almondbury also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Almondbury home will be an important thing to consider.

Almondbury broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Almondbury internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Almondbury.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Almondbury?

The average internet speed in Almondbury is:

Almondbury Average Download Speed Almondbury Average Upload Speed
79.23 Mbps 19.67 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Almondbury, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Almondbury house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Almondbury.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Almondbury

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Almondbury is 01806. When making a call to someone in Almondbury, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Almondbury call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Almondbury

Residents of Almondbury can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Almondbury home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Almondbury distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Almondbury right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Almondbury

The electricity distribution network operator for Almondbury 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 Almondbury

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Almondbury

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Almondbury, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Almondbury.

Closest five municipalities to Almondbury
Municipality Distance from Almondbury
Moldgreen -
Kirkheaton -
Dalton -
Mirfield 1.81 miles
Hopton 1.81 miles