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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Brackenhall

If you just moved and have some questions about Brackenhall? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Brackenhall is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Brackenhall water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Brackenhall.

About Brackenhall, West Yorkshire

Brackenhall HD2 has a population of 2,393 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Brackenhall?

Brackenhall water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Brackenhall

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Brackenhall water issues.

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 also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Brackenhall

Water bill in Brackenhall

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

Metered Customers in Brackenhall

Customers with a water meter at their Brackenhall house will pay an annual fixed 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 Brackenhall home.

Unmetered Customers in Brackenhall

Customers without a meter at their Brackenhall home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Brackenhall home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Brackenhall will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Brackenhall water rates will 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Brackenhall may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Brackenhall?

The average water bill Brackenhall residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Brackenhall water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Brackenhall bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Brackenhall?

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

Brackenhall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brackenhall

Is tap water in Brackenhall safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Brackenhall. You can rest assured that Brackenhall water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Brackenhall water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Brackenhall water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Brackenhall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Brackenhall:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Brackenhall

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 Brackenhall is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Brackenhall is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Brackenhall contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Brackenhall.

Brackenhall No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Brackenhall 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 Brackenhall.

If there is no water at your Brackenhall home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Brackenhall.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  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 will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Brackenhall water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Brackenhall taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Brackenhall 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 infuse the Brackenhall water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Brackenhall water.

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

Broadband in Brackenhall HD2

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Brackenhall home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Brackenhall with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Brackenhall Average Download Speed Brackenhall Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Brackenhall. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Brackenhall?

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. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Brackenhall.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Brackenhall is the issue of availability. Most homes in Brackenhall should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Brackenhall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Brackenhall
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Brackenhall homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Brackenhall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Brackenhall.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Brackenhall broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Brackenhall. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Brackenhall. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Brackenhall Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Brackenhall must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Brackenhall home is going to be important.

Brackenhall broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Brackenhall internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Brackenhall.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Brackenhall ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Brackenhall?

The average speed of broadband in Brackenhall is:

Brackenhall Average Download Speed Brackenhall 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 - this type of connection has 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Brackenhall, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Brackenhall property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Brackenhall.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Brackenhall

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Brackenhall is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Brackenhall, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Brackenhall call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Brackenhall

Residents in Brackenhall are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained 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 connects your Brackenhall home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Brackenhall distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Brackenhall right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Brackenhall

The electricity distribution network operator for Brackenhall 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 Brackenhall

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Brackenhall

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Brackenhall, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Brackenhall.