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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Brighouse

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

About Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Brighouse HD6 has a population of 33,286 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Brighouse?

Brighouse water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Brighouse

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Brighouse water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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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Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Cost of water in Brighouse

Water bill in Brighouse

Water rates in Brighouse will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Brighouse water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Brighouse water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Brighouse

Customers that have a water meter at their Brighouse 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Brighouse home.

Unmetered Customers in Brighouse

Customers who don't have a meter at their Brighouse home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Brighouse home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Brighouse is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Brighouse water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Brighouse may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Brighouse?

The average water bill Brighouse residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Brighouse water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Brighouse bill. While some customers like an 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 Brighouse?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brighouse HD6, 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.

Brighouse Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brighouse

Is water from the tap in Brighouse safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Brighouse come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Brighouse:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Brighouse

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 rating for water hardness in Brighouse is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Brighouse is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Brighouse 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Brighouse No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Brighouse 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 Brighouse.

If there is no water at your Brighouse home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Brighouse.

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 information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Brighouse water leak or flooding

Brighouse water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Brighouse home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Brighouse property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Brighouse taste strange?

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Brighouse HD6

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Brighouse 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?

Brighouse Average Download Speed Brighouse Average Upload Speed
67.65 Mbps 18.15 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Brighouse. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Brighouse?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Brighouse.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Brighouse is what's available. The majority of homes in Brighouse can take advantage of 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Brighouse?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Brighouse
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Brighouse homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Brighouse.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Brighouse.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Brighouse broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Brighouse. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Brighouse. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Brighouse Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Brighouse must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Brighouse home will be an important thing to consider.

Brighouse broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Brighouse broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Brighouse.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Brighouse?

The average internet speed in Brighouse is:

Brighouse Average Download Speed Brighouse Average Upload Speed
67.65 Mbps 18.15 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Brighouse, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Brighouse home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Brighouse.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Brighouse

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

How much does an 01806 Brighouse call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Brighouse

Residents in Brighouse are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 connects your Brighouse home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Brighouse distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Brighouse right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Brighouse

The electricity distribution network operator for Brighouse 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 Brighouse

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Brighouse

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Brighouse, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Brighouse.

Closest five municipalities to Brighouse
Municipality Distance from Brighouse
Rastrick 0.01 miles
Cleckheaton 2.06 miles
Gomersal 2.06 miles
Scholes 2.06 miles