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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barkerend

Are you moving and want to know more about Barkerend? Our complete guide to utilities in Barkerend is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Barkerend water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Barkerend.

About Barkerend, West Yorkshire

Barkerend BD3 has a population of 20,618 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Barkerend?

Barkerend water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Barkerend

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Barkerend water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 submit your request on the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Barkerend

Water bill in Barkerend

Water rates in Barkerend are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Barkerend water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Barkerend water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Barkerend

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Barkerend house will pay an annual fixed 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 are for the consumption at your Barkerend home.

Unmetered Customers in Barkerend

Customers who don't have a meter at their Barkerend home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Barkerend home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Barkerend is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barkerend water prices were 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 Barkerend could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Barkerend?

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

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How do I pay my Barkerend water bill?

You will first 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 Barkerend 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. 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 Barkerend?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barkerend BD3, 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.

Barkerend Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barkerend

Is tap water in Barkerend safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barkerend come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barkerend:

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

How hard is the water in Barkerend

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 rating for water hardness in Barkerend is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Barkerend is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Barkerend contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Barkerend.

Barkerend No Water

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

If there is no water at your Barkerend home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Barkerend.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Barkerend water leak or flooding

Barkerend water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Barkerend home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

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

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Barkerend water this could be down 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 Barkerend 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 Barkerend 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.

Broadband Speed in Barkerend BD3

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The speed of your internet connection at your Barkerend 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
  • Placement of 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 Barkerend 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?

Barkerend Average Download Speed Barkerend Average Upload Speed
89.35 Mbps 20.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Barkerend. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Barkerend?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Barkerend.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Barkerend is the issue of availability. Most homes in Barkerend should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to 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 Barkerend?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Barkerend
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Barkerend homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Barkerend.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Barkerend.
    • 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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Barkerend broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Barkerend. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 when you sign up for a internet service in Barkerend. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Barkerend Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Barkerend also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Barkerend home is going to be important.

Barkerend broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Barkerend broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband 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 efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Barkerend.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Barkerend have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Barkerend?

The average broadband speed in Barkerend is:

Barkerend Average Download Speed Barkerend Average Upload Speed
89.35 Mbps 20.30 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Barkerend, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Barkerend home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. 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 Barkerend.

Frequent internet uses 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Barkerend

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Barkerend is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Barkerend, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Barkerend call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Barkerend

Residents in Barkerend can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Barkerend home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Barkerend distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Barkerend below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Barkerend

The electricity distribution network operator for Barkerend 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Barkerend

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

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 produced from fossil fuels changes 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Barkerend

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Barkerend, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Barkerend.

Closest five municipalities to Barkerend
Municipality Distance from Barkerend
Bradford Moor -
Fagley 0.76 miles
Little Germany 0.88 miles
Bradford city centre 0.88 miles