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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Birkby

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

About Birkby, West Yorkshire

Birkby HD2 has a population of 6,700 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Birkby?

Birkby water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Birkby

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Birkby water account.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

Water rates in Birkby

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

Metered Customers in Birkby

Customers that have a water meter at their Birkby property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Birkby home.

Unmetered Customers in Birkby

Customers without a meter at their Birkby home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Birkby home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Birkby is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Birkby water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Birkby may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Birkby?

The average water bill Birkby residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Birkby water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Birkby bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Birkby?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Birkby HD2, 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.

Birkby Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Birkby

Is tap water in Birkby safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Birkby come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Birkby:

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

Is the water hard in Birkby

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 Birkby is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Birkby is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Birkby contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Birkby.

Birkby No Water

If you have no water in your Birkby home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Birkby.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Birkby water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Birkby property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Birkby taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Birkby water this could be down to 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 infuse the Birkby water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Birkby water.

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

Broadband in Birkby HD2

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The speed of your internet connection at your Birkby home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Birkby with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Birkby Average Download Speed Birkby Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Birkby. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Birkby?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Birkby.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Birkby is the availability. Most homes in Birkby should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

How can I connect to the internet in Birkby?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Birkby
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Birkby homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Birkby.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Birkby.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Birkby broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Birkby. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Birkby. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Birkby Broadband Reliability

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

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Birkby home is something to think about.

Birkby broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Birkby internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Birkby.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Birkby have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Birkby?

The average speed of broadband in Birkby is:

Birkby Average Download Speed Birkby Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 Birkby, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Birkby home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Birkby.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Birkby

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Birkby is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Birkby, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Birkby call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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.

Electricity and Gas in Birkby

People living in Birkby are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 Birkby home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Birkby distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Birkby right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Birkby

The electricity distribution network operator for Birkby 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 Birkby

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Birkby

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Birkby, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Birkby.