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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Batley

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

About Batley, West Yorkshire

Batley WF17 has a population of 80,485 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Batley?

Batley water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Batley

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Batley water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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
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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.

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

Cost of water in Batley

Water bill in Batley

Water rates in Batley depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Batley water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Batley water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Batley

Customers with a water meter at their Batley house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Batley home.

Unmetered Customers in Batley

Customers without a meter at their Batley home have 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 Batley home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Batley will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Batley water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, getting a water meter for your Batley could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Batley?

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

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How do I pay my Batley water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Batley bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Batley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Batley WF17, 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.

Batley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Batley

Is the tap water in Batley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Batley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Batley:

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

Is the water hard in Batley

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 Batley is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Batley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Batley 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Batley.

Batley No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet 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.

Batley water leak or flooding

Batley water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Batley 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 Batley property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call 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 Batley taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Batley 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 Batley water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Batley water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Batley WF17

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Batley home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Batley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Batley Average Download Speed Batley Average Upload Speed
84.67 Mbps 16.73 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Batley. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just 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 listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Batley.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Batley is the availability. Most homes in Batley can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Batley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Batley
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds 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 Batley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Batley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Batley.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Batley broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Batley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Batley. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Batley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Batley should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Batley home is something to think about.

Batley broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Batley broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Batley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Batley?

The average speed of broadband in Batley is:

Batley Average Download Speed Batley Average Upload Speed
84.67 Mbps 16.73 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Batley, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Batley 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?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Batley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your 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 Batley

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Batley is 01806. If you call someone in Batley, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Batley call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably 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 uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Batley

Residents in Batley are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Batley home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Batley distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Batley 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 responsible for Batley

The electricity distribution network operator for Batley 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 Batley

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage 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 the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Batley

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Batley, we've found the five closest municipalities to Batley.

Closest five municipalities to Batley
Municipality Distance from Batley
Staincliffe 1.56 miles
Dewsbury Moor 1.56 miles
Heckmondwike 1.58 miles