Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bradford
Are you moving and want to know more about Bradford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Bradford will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bradford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bradford.
About Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bradford BD99 has a population of 528,155 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.
Who supplies my water in Bradford?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bradford
Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Bradford water account.
In the table below we have listed the main contact 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|
Moving to Bradford?
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Write to Yorkshire Water
You can also write to Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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
Price of water in Bradford
Water rates in Bradford depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Bradford water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Bradford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Bradford
Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bradford 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Bradford home.
Unmetered Customers in Bradford
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bradford home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Bradford home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bradford is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bradford 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Bradford 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 Bradford?
The average water bill Bradford residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.
Expensive Bradford water bills?
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How do I pay my Bradford water bill?
First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 Bradford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.
Can I switch the water supplier in Bradford?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bradford BD99, 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.
Bradford Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Bradford have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bradford
Is tap water in Bradford safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Bradford. You can rest assured that Bradford water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Bradford 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 Bradford water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Bradford come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Bradford:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Bradford
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 Bradford is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Bradford is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Bradford contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.
Water softener isn't needed at your home in Bradford.
Bradford No Water
If you have no water in your Bradford home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Bradford.
If there is no water at your Bradford home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bradford.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Bradford water leak or flooding
Bradford water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bradford 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 Bradford property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your 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 Bradford taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bradford water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Bradford water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Bradford water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Bradford BD99
The broadband speed you get at your Bradford home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Placement of your router
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Bradford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Bradford Average Download Speed||Bradford Average Upload Speed|
|106.15 Mbps||16.20 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Bradford?
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bradford. 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 it's the only type of internet connection currently available.
What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Bradford?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bradford.
The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Bradford is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bradford can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.
That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Bradford?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bradford
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called '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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Bradford homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Bradford.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Bradford?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Bradford broadband price
Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Bradford. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Bradford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Bradford Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bradford should also be considered, with many people working 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 watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Bradford home is something to think about.
Bradford broadband customer support
Lastly, the technical support for your Bradford internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Bradford.
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bradford have about their internet connection.
Broadband Internet FAQs
How fast is the broadband in Bradford?
The average broadband speed in Bradford is:
|Bradford Average Download Speed||Bradford Average Upload Speed|
|106.15 Mbps||16.20 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
Put simply, 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
- Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Bradford, 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 Bradford house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .
What speed internet is best for me?
It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Bradford.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Download 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||All the above and 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 across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
What's the telephone dialling code of Bradford
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bradford is 01274. When making a call to someone in Bradford, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01274 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01274 Bradford call cost?
If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity Supply in Bradford
People living in Bradford can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bradford home to the gas and electricity networks.
More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bradford distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bradford 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 Bradford
The electricity distribution network operator for Bradford 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|
|Address||RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Bradford?
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Power Generation near Bradford
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Bradford.
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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Bradford
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Bradford, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Bradford.