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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Fitzwilliam

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

About Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire

Fitzwilliam WF9 has a population of 4,817 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Fitzwilliam?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Fitzwilliam

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Fitzwilliam water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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 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.

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 Fitzwilliam

Water bill in Fitzwilliam

Water rates in Fitzwilliam depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Fitzwilliam water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Fitzwilliam water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Fitzwilliam

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Fitzwilliam 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 are for the consumption at your Fitzwilliam home.

Unmetered Customers in Fitzwilliam

Customers without a meter at their Fitzwilliam home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Fitzwilliam home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Fitzwilliam will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Fitzwilliam water rates would have been 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Fitzwilliam may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Fitzwilliam?

The average water bill Fitzwilliam residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Fitzwilliam water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Fitzwilliam 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 Fitzwilliam?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fitzwilliam WF9, 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.

Fitzwilliam Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fitzwilliam

Is tap water in Fitzwilliam safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fitzwilliam come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fitzwilliam:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Fitzwilliam

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 Fitzwilliam is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Fitzwilliam is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Fitzwilliam contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale 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 Fitzwilliam.

Fitzwilliam No Water

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

If there is no water at your Fitzwilliam home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Fitzwilliam.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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 why you have no water.
  2. Check 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Fitzwilliam water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Fitzwilliam 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 issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Fitzwilliam taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Fitzwilliam water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Fitzwilliam water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Fitzwilliam WF9

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The speed of your internet connection at your Fitzwilliam home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Fitzwilliam 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?

Fitzwilliam Average Download Speed Fitzwilliam Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Fitzwilliam. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

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

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 might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Fitzwilliam.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Fitzwilliam is the availability. Most homes in Fitzwilliam should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Fitzwilliam?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Fitzwilliam
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Fitzwilliam homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Fitzwilliam.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Fitzwilliam.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Fitzwilliam broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Fitzwilliam. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Fitzwilliam. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Fitzwilliam Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Fitzwilliam must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Fitzwilliam home is something to think about.

Fitzwilliam broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Fitzwilliam internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Fitzwilliam.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Fitzwilliam?

The average broadband speed in Fitzwilliam is:

Fitzwilliam Average Download Speed Fitzwilliam Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps

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

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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Fitzwilliam, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Fitzwilliam home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Fitzwilliam.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 Fitzwilliam

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Fitzwilliam is 01977. If you call someone in Fitzwilliam, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01977 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01977 Fitzwilliam call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included in that 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 uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Fitzwilliam

Residents in Fitzwilliam are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Fitzwilliam home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Fitzwilliam

The electricity distribution network operator for Fitzwilliam 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 Fitzwilliam

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Fitzwilliam

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Fitzwilliam, we've found the five closest municipalities to Fitzwilliam.