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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blackley

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

About Blackley, West Yorkshire

Blackley HX5 has a population of 10,196 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Blackley?

Blackley 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 Blackley

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Blackley water account.

Below, you can find the principal 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 write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. 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
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Water rates in Blackley

Water bill in Blackley

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

Metered Customers in Blackley

Customers with a water meter at their Blackley property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Blackley home.

Unmetered Customers in Blackley

Customers without a meter at their Blackley home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Blackley home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Blackley is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Blackley water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Blackley might work out cheaper.

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 Blackley?

The average water bill Blackley residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Blackley water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 Blackley 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 Blackley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blackley HX5, 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.

Blackley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blackley

Is tap water in Blackley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blackley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blackley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Blackley

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 Blackley is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Blackley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Blackley contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Blackley No Water

If you have no water in your Blackley home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Blackley.

If there is no water at your Blackley home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Blackley.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Blackley water leak or flooding

Blackley water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Blackley 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 Blackley property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Blackley taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Blackley HX5

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The speed of your internet connection at your Blackley home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • 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 internet speed in Blackley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Blackley Average Download Speed Blackley Average Upload Speed
55.05 Mbps 10.35 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Blackley. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

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. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Blackley.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Blackley is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Blackley should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 are the different types of connection in Blackley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Blackley
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Blackley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Blackley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Blackley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Blackley broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Blackley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer 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 broadband connection in Blackley. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Blackley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Blackley should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Blackley home is something to think about.

Blackley broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Blackley internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Blackley.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Blackley ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Blackley?

The average speed of broadband in Blackley is:

Blackley Average Download Speed Blackley Average Upload Speed
55.05 Mbps 10.35 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Blackley, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Blackley house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Blackley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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
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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Blackley

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Blackley is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blackley, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Blackley call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Blackley

People living in Blackley can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Blackley home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Blackley distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blackley in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Blackley

The electricity distribution network operator for Blackley 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 Blackley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Blackley

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Blackley, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Blackley.

Closest five municipalities to Blackley
Municipality Distance from Blackley
Southowram 1.11 miles
Skircoat Green 1.11 miles
Shelf 1.11 miles
Ovenden 1.11 miles
Northowram 1.11 miles