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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Dewsbury

If you just moved and have some questions about Dewsbury? Our complete guide to utilities in Dewsbury is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Dewsbury water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Dewsbury.

About Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Dewsbury WF12 has a population of 62,945 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Dewsbury?

Dewsbury water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Dewsbury

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

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Cost of water in Dewsbury

Water bill in Dewsbury

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

Metered Customers in Dewsbury

Customers with a water meter at their Dewsbury house will pay an annual fixed 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 Dewsbury home.

Unmetered Customers in Dewsbury

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Dewsbury home will pay 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 Dewsbury home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Dewsbury is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Dewsbury 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Dewsbury may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Dewsbury?

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

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How do I pay my Dewsbury 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Dewsbury 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Dewsbury?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Dewsbury WF12, 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.

Dewsbury Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Dewsbury

Is water from the tap in Dewsbury safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Dewsbury come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Dewsbury:

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

How hard is the water in Dewsbury

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 Dewsbury is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Dewsbury is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Dewsbury contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Dewsbury No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Dewsbury 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 Dewsbury.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following 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 often post incident 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.

Dewsbury water leak or flooding

Dewsbury water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Dewsbury 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 Dewsbury property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Dewsbury taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Dewsbury 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 infuse the Dewsbury water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Dewsbury water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Dewsbury WF12

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

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

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Dewsbury with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Dewsbury Average Download Speed Dewsbury Average Upload Speed
87.65 Mbps 17.13 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Dewsbury. 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 internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Dewsbury?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Dewsbury.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Dewsbury is what's available. Most homes in Dewsbury can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Dewsbury?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Dewsbury
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Dewsbury homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Dewsbury.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Dewsbury.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Dewsbury broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Dewsbury. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Dewsbury. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Dewsbury Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Dewsbury should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Dewsbury home is going to be important.

Dewsbury broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Dewsbury internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Dewsbury.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Dewsbury ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Dewsbury?

The average speed of broadband in Dewsbury is:

Dewsbury Average Download Speed Dewsbury Average Upload Speed
87.65 Mbps 17.13 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband 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 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 Dewsbury, 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 Dewsbury property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Dewsbury.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 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 travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Dewsbury

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Dewsbury is 01806. If you call someone in Dewsbury, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Dewsbury call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Dewsbury

Residents in Dewsbury are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always 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 Dewsbury home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Dewsbury distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Dewsbury right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Dewsbury

The electricity distribution network operator for Dewsbury 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 Dewsbury

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 are scheduled for closure, 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

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

Municipalities Near Dewsbury

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Dewsbury, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Dewsbury.

Closest five municipalities to Dewsbury
Municipality Distance from Dewsbury
Shaw Cross 0.01 miles
Savile Town 0.01 miles
Chickenley 0.01 miles
Thornhill Lees 0.01 miles
Monk Fryston 1.02 miles