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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Featherstone

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

About Featherstone, West Yorkshire

Featherstone WF7 has a population of 14,175 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Featherstone?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Featherstone

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Featherstone water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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.

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 Featherstone

Water bill in Featherstone

Water rates in Featherstone depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Featherstone water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Featherstone water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Featherstone

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Featherstone house will pay an annual fixed 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Featherstone home.

Unmetered Customers in Featherstone

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Featherstone is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Featherstone 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Featherstone might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Featherstone?

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

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How do I pay my Featherstone water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Featherstone bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Featherstone?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Featherstone WF7, 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.

Featherstone Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Featherstone

Is the tap water in Featherstone safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Featherstone come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Featherstone:

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

Is the water hard in Featherstone

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Featherstone contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Featherstone.

Featherstone No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Featherstone home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Featherstone.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Featherstone water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Featherstone taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Featherstone water this could be because of 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 Featherstone 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 Featherstone water.

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

Broadband Speed in Featherstone WF7

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Featherstone home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Featherstone 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?

Featherstone Average Download Speed Featherstone Average Upload Speed
55.00 Mbps 11.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Featherstone. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Featherstone.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Featherstone is the availability. The majority of homes in Featherstone should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Featherstone?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Featherstone
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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 connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Featherstone homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Featherstone.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Featherstone.
    • 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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Featherstone broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Featherstone. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Featherstone. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Featherstone Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Featherstone must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Featherstone home is something to think about.

Featherstone broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Featherstone broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Featherstone.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Featherstone have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Featherstone?

The average speed of broadband in Featherstone is:

Featherstone Average Download Speed Featherstone Average Upload Speed
55.00 Mbps 11.40 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Featherstone, from which it is connected to your property 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 Featherstone house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

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 pick for a broadband service in Featherstone.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
Over 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Featherstone

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Featherstone is 01806. If you call someone in Featherstone, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Featherstone call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of 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 are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Featherstone

Residents in Featherstone can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Featherstone distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Featherstone in this section.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Featherstone

The electricity distribution network operator for Featherstone 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 Featherstone

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Featherstone

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Featherstone, we've found the five closest municipalities to Featherstone.

Closest five municipalities to Featherstone
Municipality Distance from Featherstone
Purston Jaglin -
Streethouse -
Kirk Smeaton 2.61 miles
Thorpe Audlin 2.61 miles
Pontefract 2.61 miles