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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Cottingley

Are you moving and want to know more about Cottingley? Our complete guide to utilities in Cottingley will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cottingley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cottingley.

About Cottingley, West Yorkshire

Cottingley BD16 has a population of 4,905 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Cottingley?

Cottingley water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cottingley

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

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Cost of water in Cottingley

Water bill in Cottingley

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

Metered Customers in Cottingley

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cottingley property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Cottingley home.

Unmetered Customers in Cottingley

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cottingley home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Cottingley home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cottingley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cottingley water prices were 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Cottingley could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cottingley?

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

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How do I pay my Cottingley water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Cottingley bill. While some customers like an annual payment, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Cottingley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cottingley BD16, 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.

Cottingley Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Cottingley have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cottingley

Is tap water in Cottingley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cottingley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cottingley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Cottingley

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 rating in Cottingley is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Cottingley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Cottingley 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 which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Cottingley.

Cottingley No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cottingley home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Cottingley.

If there is no water at your Cottingley home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Cottingley.

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:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Cottingley water leak or flooding

Cottingley water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Cottingley home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Cottingley property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

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

Why does the water in Cottingley taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Cottingley water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Cottingley water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cottingley 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 in Cottingley BD16

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cottingley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cottingley Average Download Speed Cottingley Average Upload Speed
87.10 Mbps 17.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Cottingley. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households 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 to look for when choosing an internet provider in Cottingley?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Cottingley.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Cottingley is the availability. The majority of homes in Cottingley can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Cottingley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Cottingley
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cottingley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Cottingley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cottingley.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cottingley broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Cottingley. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Cottingley. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Cottingley Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Cottingley must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with 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 Cottingley home is something to think about.

Cottingley broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Cottingley internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Cottingley.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Cottingley have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Cottingley?

The average speed of broadband in Cottingley is:

Cottingley Average Download Speed Cottingley Average Upload Speed
87.10 Mbps 17.20 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Cottingley, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cottingley home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Cottingley.

Main 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so 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 area code for Cottingley

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

How much does an 01806 Cottingley call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Cottingley

People living in Cottingley are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cottingley home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Cottingley distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Cottingley below.

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 Cottingley

The electricity distribution network operator for Cottingley 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Cottingley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Cottingley

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Cottingley, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Cottingley.

Closest five municipalities to Cottingley
Municipality Distance from Cottingley
Bingley 0.01 miles
Eldwick 0.01 miles
Wilsden 1.85 miles
Norr 1.85 miles