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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bradford city centre

Are you moving and want to know more about Bradford city centre? Our utilities guide to Bradford city centre will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bradford city centre water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bradford city centre.

About Bradford city centre, West Yorkshire

Bradford city centre BD1 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 city centre?

Bradford city centre water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Bradford city centre

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Bradford city centre water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

Water rates in Bradford city centre

Water bill in Bradford city centre

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

Metered Customers in Bradford city centre

Customers that have a water meter at their Bradford city centre home will pay a fixed annual 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 Bradford city centre home.

Unmetered Customers in Bradford city centre

Customers without a meter at their Bradford city centre home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bradford city centre home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bradford city centre is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bradford city centre water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Bradford city centre might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Bradford city centre?

The average water bill Bradford city centre residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Bradford city centre water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Bradford city centre 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. After you've 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 city centre?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bradford city centre BD1, 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 city centre Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bradford city centre

Is the tap water in Bradford city centre safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bradford city centre come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bradford city centre:

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

Is the water hard in Bradford city centre

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 city centre is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Bradford city centre is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bradford city centre contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Bradford city centre.

Bradford city centre No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bradford city centre home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bradford city centre.

If there is no water at your Bradford city centre home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Bradford city centre.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  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 often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bradford city centre water leak or flooding

Bradford city centre water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Bradford city centre home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Bradford city centre property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Bradford city centre taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bradford city centre water this could be because of 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 Bradford city centre water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Bradford city centre water.

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

Broadband Speed in Bradford city centre BD1

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The speed of your internet connection at your Bradford city centre home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Bradford city centre with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Bradford city centre Average Download Speed Bradford city centre Average Upload Speed
101.05 Mbps 17.15 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Bradford city centre. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bradford city centre?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Bradford city centre.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Bradford city centre is what's available. Most homes in Bradford city centre should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bradford city centre?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bradford city centre
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed 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.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bradford city centre homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bradford city centre.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bradford city centre.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Bradford city centre broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bradford city centre. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Bradford city centre. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Bradford city centre Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bradford city centre must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bradford city centre home will be an important thing to consider.

Bradford city centre broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Bradford city centre broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Bradford city centre.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Bradford city centre?

The average speed of broadband in Bradford city centre is:

Bradford city centre Average Download Speed Bradford city centre Average Upload Speed
101.05 Mbps 17.15 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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Bradford city centre, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bradford city centre house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Bradford city centre.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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
More than 5 devices 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Bradford city centre

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bradford city centre is 01806. If you call someone in Bradford city centre, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bradford city centre call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 Bradford city centre

Residents of Bradford city centre are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bradford city centre home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Bradford city centre distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bradford city centre in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bradford city centre

The electricity distribution network operator for Bradford city centre 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 Bradford city centre

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Bradford city centre.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Bradford city centre

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Bradford city centre, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Bradford city centre.

Closest five municipalities to Bradford city centre
Municipality Distance from Bradford city centre
Great Horton 0.55 miles
Lidget Green 0.55 miles
Bankfoot 0.69 miles
Little Horton 0.69 miles
West Bowling 0.69 miles