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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Belle Isle

If you've moved and have questions about Belle Isle? Our utilities guide to Belle Isle is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Belle Isle water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Belle Isle.

About Belle Isle, West Yorkshire

Belle Isle LS10 has a population of 27,487 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Belle Isle?

Belle Isle 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 Belle Isle

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Belle Isle water issues.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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 write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Price of water in Belle Isle

Water bill in Belle Isle

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

Metered Customers in Belle Isle

Customers that have a water meter at their Belle Isle 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Belle Isle home.

Unmetered Customers in Belle Isle

Customers without a meter at their Belle Isle home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Belle Isle home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Belle Isle is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Belle Isle water rates will have been 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Belle Isle may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Belle Isle?

The average water bill Belle Isle residents are charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Belle Isle 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Belle Isle bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Belle Isle?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Belle Isle LS10, 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.

Belle Isle Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Belle Isle

Is water from the tap in Belle Isle safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Belle Isle come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Belle Isle:

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

How hard is the water in Belle Isle

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 Belle Isle is fewer than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Belle Isle is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Belle Isle 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Belle Isle.

  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.

Belle Isle No Water

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

If there is no water at your Belle Isle home, is the problem 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 Belle Isle.

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

  1. Check 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 often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Belle Isle water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Belle Isle property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Belle Isle taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Belle Isle water this could be because of 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 Belle Isle water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Belle Isle water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Belle Isle LS10

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Belle Isle with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Belle Isle Average Download Speed Belle Isle Average Upload Speed
81.80 Mbps 16.85 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Belle Isle. 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 households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Belle Isle?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Belle Isle.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Belle Isle is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Belle Isle should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Belle Isle?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Belle Isle
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Belle Isle homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Belle Isle.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Belle Isle.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Belle Isle broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Belle Isle. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Belle Isle. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Belle Isle Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Belle Isle should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Belle Isle home is going to be important.

Belle Isle broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Belle Isle internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Belle Isle.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Belle Isle?

The average speed of broadband in Belle Isle is:

Belle Isle Average Download Speed Belle Isle Average Upload Speed
81.80 Mbps 16.85 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 - this type of connection has 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 a green box on your street in Belle Isle, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Belle Isle property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Belle Isle.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Belle Isle

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Belle Isle is 01806. When making a call to someone in Belle Isle, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Belle Isle call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Belle Isle

Residents of Belle Isle are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained 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 supplies your Belle Isle home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Belle Isle distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Belle Isle right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Belle Isle

The electricity distribution network operator for Belle Isle 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

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 Belle Isle

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Belle Isle

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Belle Isle, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Belle Isle.

Closest five municipalities to Belle Isle
Municipality Distance from Belle Isle
Hunslet -
Leeds 1.03 miles
Beeston 1.04 miles