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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bowling

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

About Bowling, West Yorkshire

Bowling BD4 has a population of 20,618 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Bowling?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bowling

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Bowling water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Cost of water in Bowling

Water bill in Bowling

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

Metered Customers in Bowling

Customers that have a water meter at their Bowling 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 Bowling home.

Unmetered Customers in Bowling

Customers without a meter at their Bowling home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Bowling home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bowling will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bowling water prices were 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Bowling 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 Bowling?

The average water bill Bowling residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Bowling water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Bowling bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Bowling?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bowling BD4, 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.

Bowling Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bowling

Is the tap water in Bowling safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bowling come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bowling:

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

Is the water hard in Bowling

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 Bowling is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Bowling is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bowling contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Bowling No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bowling home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Bowling.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact 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 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bowling water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Bowling taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Bowling BD4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Bowling home is dependant upon several factors such as:

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

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bowling with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bowling Average Download Speed Bowling Average Upload Speed
89.36 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bowling. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Bowling?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Bowling.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Bowling is the availability. Most homes in Bowling should have access to fibre or 'superfast' 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 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 Bowling?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bowling
    • 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 broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bowling homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bowling.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bowling.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bowling broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Bowling. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Bowling. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bowling Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bowling should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bowling home will be an important thing to consider.

Bowling broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Bowling internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bowling.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bowling have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bowling?

The average speed of broadband in Bowling is:

Bowling Average Download Speed Bowling Average Upload Speed
89.36 Mbps 16.90 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 Bowling, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bowling property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Bowling.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 dialling code of Bowling

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bowling is 01806. When making a call to someone in Bowling, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Bowling call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Bowling

Residents in Bowling 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 local network operator.

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 Bowling home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bowling distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bowling right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bowling

The electricity distribution network operator for Bowling 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 Bowling

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bowling

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Bowling, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Bowling.