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

About Barwick-in-Elmet, West Yorkshire

Barwick-in-Elmet LS15 has a population of 2,340 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Barwick-in-Elmet?

Barwick-in-Elmet water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Barwick-in-Elmet

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Barwick-in-Elmet water issues.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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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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 send a letter to Yorkshire Water can do so by writing to the Yorkshire Water address below:

Yorkshire Water Address
Western House, Halifax Road

Price of water in Barwick-in-Elmet

Water bill in Barwick-in-Elmet

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

Metered Customers in Barwick-in-Elmet

Customers with a water meter at their Barwick-in-Elmet home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Barwick-in-Elmet home.

Unmetered Customers in Barwick-in-Elmet

Customers without a meter at their Barwick-in-Elmet home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Barwick-in-Elmet home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Barwick-in-Elmet is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Barwick-in-Elmet water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Barwick-in-Elmet could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Barwick-in-Elmet?

The average water bill Barwick-in-Elmet residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Barwick-in-Elmet 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 Barwick-in-Elmet bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your 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 Barwick-in-Elmet?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barwick-in-Elmet LS15, 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.

Barwick-in-Elmet Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barwick-in-Elmet

Is water from the tap in Barwick-in-Elmet safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Barwick-in-Elmet. You can rest assured that Barwick-in-Elmet water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Barwick-in-Elmet 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 Barwick-in-Elmet water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Barwick-in-Elmet come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barwick-in-Elmet:

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

Is the water hard in Barwick-in-Elmet

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 in Barwick-in-Elmet is fewer than 200ppm, this means the water in Barwick-in-Elmet is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Barwick-in-Elmet more than. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Barwick-in-Elmet.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Barwick-in-Elmet No Water

If you have no water in your Barwick-in-Elmet 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 Barwick-in-Elmet.

If there is no water at your Barwick-in-Elmet home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Barwick-in-Elmet.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Barwick-in-Elmet water leak or flooding

Barwick-in-Elmet water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Barwick-in-Elmet 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 Barwick-in-Elmet property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Barwick-in-Elmet taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Barwick-in-Elmet 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 affect it by infusing your Barwick-in-Elmet water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Barwick-in-Elmet water.

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

Internet in Barwick-in-Elmet LS15

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The broadband speed you get at your Barwick-in-Elmet home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

Barwick-in-Elmet Average Download Speed Barwick-in-Elmet Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Barwick-in-Elmet. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Barwick-in-Elmet?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Barwick-in-Elmet.


The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Barwick-in-Elmet is what's available. Whilst many homes in Barwick-in-Elmet should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Barwick-in-Elmet?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Barwick-in-Elmet
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Barwick-in-Elmet homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barwick-in-Elmet.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Barwick-in-Elmet.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Barwick-in-Elmet broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Barwick-in-Elmet. 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 small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet connection in Barwick-in-Elmet. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Barwick-in-Elmet Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Barwick-in-Elmet should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Barwick-in-Elmet home is going to be important.

Barwick-in-Elmet broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Barwick-in-Elmet broadband connection is extremely important. You might 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 quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Barwick-in-Elmet.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Barwick-in-Elmet?

The average internet speed in Barwick-in-Elmet is:

Barwick-in-Elmet Average Download Speed Barwick-in-Elmet Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps

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

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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Barwick-in-Elmet, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Barwick-in-Elmet property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Barwick-in-Elmet.

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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Barwick-in-Elmet

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Barwick-in-Elmet is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Barwick-in-Elmet, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Barwick-in-Elmet call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with 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 don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Barwick-in-Elmet

Residents of Barwick-in-Elmet are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Barwick-in-Elmet home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Barwick-in-Elmet distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Barwick-in-Elmet below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Barwick-in-Elmet

The electricity distribution network operator for Barwick-in-Elmet 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 Barwick-in-Elmet

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Barwick-in-Elmet.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

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, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Barwick-in-Elmet

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Barwick-in-Elmet, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Barwick-in-Elmet.