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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Fixby

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

About Fixby, West Yorkshire

Fixby HD2 has a population of 2,871 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Fixby?

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

How to reach your water provider in Fixby

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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 get in touch with Yorkshire Water, by composing 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

Water rates in Fixby

Water bill in Fixby

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

Metered Customers in Fixby

Customers with a water meter at their Fixby 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 are for the consumption at your Fixby home.

Unmetered Customers in Fixby

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Fixby is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Fixby 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Fixby could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Fixby?

The average water bill Fixby residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Fixby water bill?

You will first need to 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 Fixby bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Fixby?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fixby HD2, 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.

Fixby Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fixby

Is tap water in Fixby safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fixby come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fixby:

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

Is the water hard in Fixby

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Fixby 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 shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Fixby.

Fixby No Water

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

If there is no water at your Fixby home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Fixby.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Fixby water leak or flooding

Fixby water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Fixby 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 Fixby 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 can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Fixby taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Fixby 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 impermeate the Fixby water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Fixby 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.

Broadband Speed in Fixby HD2

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

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

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

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

Fixby Average Download Speed Fixby Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Fixby. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Fixby?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Fixby.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Fixby is the availability. Most homes in Fixby should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Fixby?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Fixby
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Fixby homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Fixby.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Fixby.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Fixby broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Fixby. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 sign up to a broadband connection in Fixby. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Fixby Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Fixby must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

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

Fixby broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Fixby broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will 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 should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Fixby.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Fixby ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Fixby?

The average broadband speed in Fixby is:

Fixby Average Download Speed Fixby Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Fixby, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Fixby home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Fixby.

Frequent 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 the above, plus 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels 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 telephone area code for Fixby

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

How much does an 01806 Fixby call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small 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 telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Fixby

Residents of Fixby can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Fixby distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Fixby below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Fixby

The electricity distribution network operator for Fixby 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 Fixby

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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 produced from fossil fuels changes 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Fixby

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Fixby, we've found the five closest municipalities to Fixby.