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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Barkisland

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

About Barkisland, West Yorkshire

Barkisland HX4 has a population of 1,004 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Barkisland?

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

How to reach your water provider in Barkisland

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Barkisland water account.

In the table below you will find the 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
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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 even send your message through 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

Price of water in Barkisland

Water bill in Barkisland

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

Metered Customers in Barkisland

Customers with a water meter at their Barkisland home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 are for the consumption at your Barkisland home.

Unmetered Customers in Barkisland

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Barkisland 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 Barkisland home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Barkisland is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Barkisland 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Barkisland might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Barkisland?

The average water bill Barkisland residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Barkisland water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Barkisland 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. 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 Barkisland?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barkisland HX4, 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.

Barkisland Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barkisland

Is the tap water in Barkisland safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barkisland come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barkisland:

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

How hard is the water in Barkisland

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 Barkisland is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Barkisland is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Barkisland contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 Barkisland.

Barkisland No Water

If you have no water in your Barkisland home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Barkisland.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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.

Barkisland water leak or flooding

Barkisland water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Barkisland 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 Barkisland 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 can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Barkisland taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Barkisland water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Barkisland water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Barkisland water.

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

Broadband in Barkisland HX4

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Barkisland with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Barkisland Average Download Speed Barkisland Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Barkisland. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Barkisland?

In 2022, the internet is about 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 covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Barkisland.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Barkisland is what's available. Whilst many homes in Barkisland should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Barkisland?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Barkisland
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Barkisland homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barkisland.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Barkisland.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Barkisland broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Barkisland. There are many providers 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 before you commit to a broadband connection in Barkisland. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Barkisland Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Barkisland must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Barkisland home is something to think about.

Barkisland broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Barkisland broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Barkisland.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Barkisland ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Barkisland?

The average broadband speed in Barkisland is:

Barkisland Average Download Speed Barkisland Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Barkisland, from which it is connected to your property 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 Barkisland property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Barkisland.

Main internet uses 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Barkisland

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

How much does an 01806 Barkisland call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should 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 unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different 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 in Barkisland

Residents of Barkisland are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Barkisland home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Barkisland distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Barkisland in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Barkisland

The electricity distribution network operator for Barkisland 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 Barkisland

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated 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 fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, 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 Barkisland

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Barkisland, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Barkisland.

Closest five municipalities to Barkisland
Municipality Distance from Barkisland
Stainland -
Sowood -
Holywell Green -
Greetland -
Elland 1.28 miles