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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cookridge

If you just moved and have some questions about Cookridge? Our complete guide to utilities in Cookridge will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cookridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cookridge.

About Cookridge, West Yorkshire

Cookridge LS16 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Cookridge?

Cookridge water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cookridge

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Cookridge water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

Water rates in Cookridge

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

Metered Customers in Cookridge

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cookridge home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 cover the consumption at your Cookridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Cookridge

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cookridge 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 Cookridge home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Cookridge is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cookridge water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Cookridge could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cookridge?

The average water bill Cookridge residents are being charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Cookridge 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 Cookridge bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Cookridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cookridge LS16, 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.

Cookridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cookridge

Is tap water in Cookridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cookridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cookridge:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Cookridge

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 Cookridge is below 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Cookridge is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Cookridge more than. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Cookridge.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Cookridge No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cookridge home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Cookridge.

If there is no water at your Cookridge 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 Cookridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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.

Cookridge water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cookridge property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Cookridge taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Cookridge water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Cookridge water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cookridge water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Cookridge LS16

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The broadband speed you get at your Cookridge home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cookridge with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Cookridge Average Download Speed Cookridge Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Cookridge. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Cookridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Cookridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Cookridge is what's available. The majority of homes in Cookridge can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Cookridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cookridge
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Cookridge homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cookridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Cookridge.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cookridge broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Cookridge. 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 fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Cookridge. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Cookridge Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cookridge also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Cookridge home is something to think about.

Cookridge broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Cookridge broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Cookridge.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Cookridge have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Cookridge?

The average internet speed in Cookridge is:

Cookridge Average Download Speed Cookridge Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Cookridge, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Cookridge home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Cookridge.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Cookridge

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Cookridge is 01806. If you call someone in Cookridge, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Cookridge call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cookridge

Residents of Cookridge can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, 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 it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Cookridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Cookridge distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cookridge below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Cookridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Cookridge 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Cookridge

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

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 tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cookridge

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Cookridge, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Cookridge.