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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Birkenshaw

If you've moved and have questions about Birkenshaw? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Birkenshaw will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Birkenshaw water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Birkenshaw.

About Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire

Birkenshaw BD11 has a population of 16,298 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Birkenshaw?

Birkenshaw water utilities are supplied by Independent Water Networks Ltd. Here are the main contact numbers for Independent Water Networks Ltd, and Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in Birkenshaw

Calling a phone number for Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Birkenshaw water account.

Independent Water Networks Ltd phone numbers

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Independent Water Networks Ltd general enquiries and emergencies.

Independent Water Networks Ltd telephone number Independent Water Networks Ltd Emergency telephone number
0292 002 8711 0292 002 8711
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Yorkshire Water phone numbers

In the table below you will find the 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

Write to Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water

You can also get in touch with Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water website.

Independent Water Networks Ltd

If you prefer to write a letter to Independent Water Networks Ltd can do so by writing to the Independent Water Networks Ltd address below:

Independent Water Networks Ltd Address
Driscoll 2, Ellen Street
Cardiff
CF10 4BP

Customers that would rather email Independent Water Networks Ltd, you can use the email address below:

Independent Water Networks Ltd Email Address
wateroperations@iwnl.co.uk

Yorkshire Water

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

Price of water in Birkenshaw

Water bill in Birkenshaw

Water rates in Birkenshaw will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Birkenshaw water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Birkenshaw water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Birkenshaw

Customers that have a water meter at their Birkenshaw 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 Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Birkenshaw home.

Unmetered Customers in Birkenshaw

Customers without a meter at their Birkenshaw home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Birkenshaw home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Birkenshaw will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Birkenshaw 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Birkenshaw may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Birkenshaw?

The average water bill Birkenshaw residents are charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
Independent Water Networks Ltd - -
Yorkshire Water £15.50 £186
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How do I pay my Birkenshaw water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Independent Water Networks Ltd or 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 Birkenshaw bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Birkenshaw?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Birkenshaw BD11, your water suppliers are Independent Water Networks Ltd 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.

Birkenshaw Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Birkenshaw

Is the tap water in Birkenshaw safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Birkenshaw come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Birkenshaw:

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

How hard is the water in Birkenshaw

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 Birkenshaw is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Birkenshaw is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Birkenshaw contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Birkenshaw.

Birkenshaw No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Birkenshaw home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Birkenshaw.

If there is no water at your Birkenshaw home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Birkenshaw.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Birkenshaw water leak or flooding

Birkenshaw water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Birkenshaw home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Birkenshaw property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Birkenshaw taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Birkenshaw water this may be due 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 affect it by infusing your Birkenshaw water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Birkenshaw water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Independent Water Networks Ltd or Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Birkenshaw BD11

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Birkenshaw with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Birkenshaw Average Download Speed Birkenshaw Average Upload Speed
89.37 Mbps 14.63 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Birkenshaw. 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.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Birkenshaw?

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 can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Birkenshaw.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Birkenshaw is what's available. The majority of homes in Birkenshaw should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Birkenshaw?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Birkenshaw
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Birkenshaw homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Birkenshaw.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Birkenshaw.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Birkenshaw broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Birkenshaw. 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 when you sign up for a internet connection in Birkenshaw. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Birkenshaw Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Birkenshaw also needs consideration, 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 a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Birkenshaw home is something to think about.

Birkenshaw broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Birkenshaw broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Birkenshaw.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Birkenshaw?

The average broadband speed in Birkenshaw is:

Birkenshaw Average Download Speed Birkenshaw Average Upload Speed
89.37 Mbps 14.63 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Birkenshaw, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Birkenshaw home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Birkenshaw.

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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Birkenshaw

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Birkenshaw is 01806. When making a call to someone in Birkenshaw, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Birkenshaw call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Birkenshaw

Residents in Birkenshaw are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Birkenshaw home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Birkenshaw distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Birkenshaw right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Birkenshaw

The electricity distribution network operator for Birkenshaw 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Birkenshaw

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

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%). In addition, 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Birkenshaw

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Birkenshaw, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Birkenshaw.

Closest five municipalities to Birkenshaw
Municipality Distance from Birkenshaw
Churwell 2.28 miles
Gildersome 2.28 miles
Stanningley 2.33 miles
Calverley 2.33 miles