A Complete Guide to Utilities in Alverthorpe
If you just moved and have some questions about Alverthorpe? Our complete guide to utilities in Alverthorpe will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Alverthorpe water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Alverthorpe.
About Alverthorpe, West Yorkshire
Alverthorpe WF1 has a population of 5,930 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.
Who supplies my water in Alverthorpe?
How to reach your water provider in Alverthorpe
Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Alverthorpe water problems.
Below, you can find the principal telephone 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|
Moving to Alverthorpe?
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Write to Yorkshire Water
You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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
Cost of water in Alverthorpe
Water rates in Alverthorpe are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Alverthorpe water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Alverthorpe water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Alverthorpe
Customers that have a water meter at their Alverthorpe 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 Alverthorpe home.
Unmetered Customers in Alverthorpe
Customers who don't have a meter at their Alverthorpe home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Alverthorpe home.
Water rates for unmetered customers in Alverthorpe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Alverthorpe water rates would 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Alverthorpe could be cheaper.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Alverthorpe?
The average water bill Alverthorpe residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.
Expensive Alverthorpe water bills?
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How do I pay my Alverthorpe water bill?
First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Alverthorpe bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Alverthorpe?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Alverthorpe WF1, 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.
Alverthorpe Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Alverthorpe have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Alverthorpe
Is tap water in Alverthorpe safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Alverthorpe. You can rest assured that Alverthorpe water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Alverthorpe 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 Alverthorpe water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Alverthorpe come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Alverthorpe:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Alverthorpe
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 Alverthorpe is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Alverthorpe is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Alverthorpe contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. 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.
You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Alverthorpe.
Alverthorpe No Water
If you don't have any running water in your Alverthorpe home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Alverthorpe.
If there is no water at your Alverthorpe home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Alverthorpe.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.
Alverthorpe water leak or flooding
Alverthorpe water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Alverthorpe 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 Alverthorpe property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Alverthorpe taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Alverthorpe water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Alverthorpe water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Alverthorpe water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.
Internet in Alverthorpe WF1
The broadband speed you get at your Alverthorpe home depends on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Placement of your router
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Which provider you have
Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Alverthorpe with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Alverthorpe Average Download Speed||Alverthorpe Average Upload Speed|
|72.50 Mbps||14.50 Mbps|
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Alverthorpe. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.
What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Alverthorpe?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Alverthorpe.
The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Alverthorpe is the issue of availability. Most homes in Alverthorpe can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 technology during construction.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Alverthorpe?
- Fibre broadband
- This is fastest connection that's currently available in Alverthorpe
- There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Alverthorpe homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Alverthorpe.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Alverthorpe?
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Alverthorpe broadband price
Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Alverthorpe. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Alverthorpe. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Alverthorpe Broadband Reliability
The reliability of broadband in Alverthorpe should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.
The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Alverthorpe home will be an important thing to consider.
Alverthorpe broadband customer service
Our final tip, the customer support of your Alverthorpe broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Alverthorpe.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Alverthorpe have about broadband internet.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Alverthorpe?
The average internet speed in Alverthorpe is:
|Alverthorpe Average Download Speed||Alverthorpe Average Upload Speed|
|72.50 Mbps||14.50 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.
- ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
- 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 a green box on your street in Alverthorpe, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Alverthorpe home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .
What speed internet is best for me?
That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Alverthorpe.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|3-5 devices||AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your 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 area code for Alverthorpe
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Alverthorpe is 01924. If you're calling somebody in Alverthorpe, and you are in a different area, you should add 01924 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01924 Alverthorpe call cost?
If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.
How many telephone 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 Alverthorpe
Residents of Alverthorpe can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local network operator.
We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Alverthorpe home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Alverthorpe distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Alverthorpe below.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Alverthorpe
The electricity distribution network operator for Alverthorpe 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|
|Address||RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Alverthorpe
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Alverthorpe.
In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Alverthorpe
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Alverthorpe, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Alverthorpe.