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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barrow

Are you moving and want to know more about Barrow? Our utilities guide to Barrow will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Barrow water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Barrow.

About Barrow, Lancashire

Barrow BB7 has a population of 1,288 and is located in the county of Lancashire. Lancashire has a population of 1,498,300 people.

Who supplies my water in Barrow?

Barrow water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Below are the main phone numbers for United Utilities, and Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water providers in Barrow

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities or Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Barrow water account.

United Utilities telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities contact number United Utilities Emergency contact number
0345 672 2888 0345 672 3723
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Yorkshire Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Write to United Utilities or Yorkshire Water

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website.

United Utilities

Customer that want to post a letter to United Utilities can do so by writing to the United Utilities address below:

United Utilities Address
United Utilities, PO Box 453
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Yorkshire Water

Customer that want to post 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 Barrow

Water bill in Barrow

Water rates in Barrow depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Barrow water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Barrow water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Barrow

Customers that have a water meter at their Barrow 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 United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Barrow home.

Unmetered Customers in Barrow

Customers who don't have a meter at their Barrow home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Barrow home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Barrow is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barrow 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Barrow could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Barrow?

The average water bill Barrow residents are billed varies between water suppliers. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Annually
United Utilities £16.83 £202
Yorkshire Water £15.50 £186
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How do I pay my Barrow water bill?

You will first need to register with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with United Utilities or 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 Barrow bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your United Utilities or Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Barrow?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barrow BB7, your water suppliers are United Utilities and 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.

Barrow Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Barrow have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barrow

Is water from the tap in Barrow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barrow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barrow:

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

Is the water hard in Barrow

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 Barrow is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Barrow is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Barrow contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Barrow No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Barrow 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 Barrow.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities or Yorkshire Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Barrow water leak or flooding

Barrow water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Barrow 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 Barrow property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

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

Why does the water in Barrow taste strange?

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

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

Broadband Speed in Barrow BB7

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The broadband speed you get at your Barrow home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Barrow Average Download Speed Barrow Average Upload Speed
63.93 Mbps 14.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Barrow. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Barrow?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Barrow.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Barrow is the availability. Whilst many homes in Barrow can take advantage of superfast' or fibre 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Barrow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Barrow
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Barrow homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Barrow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Barrow.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Barrow broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Barrow. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal 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 sign up to a broadband connection in Barrow. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Barrow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Barrow also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Barrow home is something to think about.

Barrow broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Barrow broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Barrow.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Barrow have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Barrow?

The average speed of broadband in Barrow is:

Barrow Average Download Speed Barrow Average Upload Speed
63.93 Mbps 14.40 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Barrow, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Barrow house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Barrow.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download 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, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Barrow

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Barrow is 01254. When making a call to someone in Barrow, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01254 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01254 Barrow call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Barrow

Residents of Barrow can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the Barrow distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Barrow below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Barrow

The electricity distribution network operator for Barrow is Electricity North West. You can find the Electricity North West contact details in the table below:

Electricity North West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 195 4141
Emergencies 105
Email ElectricityCustomerRelation@enwl.co.uk
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Barrow

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of 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 produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Barrow

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Barrow, we've found the five closest municipalities to Barrow.