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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Great Preston

If you just moved and have some questions about Great Preston? Our complete guide to utilities in Great Preston will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Great Preston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Great Preston.

About Great Preston, West Yorkshire

Great Preston LS26 has a population of 1,165 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Great Preston?

Great Preston water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Great Preston

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Great Preston water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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 write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 Great Preston

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Water rates in Great Preston will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Great Preston water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Great Preston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Great Preston

Customers with a water meter at their Great Preston 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 Great Preston home.

Unmetered Customers in Great Preston

Customers who don't have a meter at their Great Preston home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Great Preston home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Great Preston will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Great Preston water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Great Preston 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 Great Preston?

The average water bill Great Preston residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Great Preston water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 Great Preston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Great Preston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Great Preston LS26, 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.

Great Preston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Great Preston

Is the tap water in Great Preston safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Great Preston. You can rest assured that Great Preston water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Great Preston water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Great Preston water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Great Preston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Great Preston:

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

How hard is the water in Great Preston

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 in Great Preston is fewer than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Great Preston is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Great Preston more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Great Preston.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Great Preston No Water

If you have no water in your Great Preston home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Great Preston.

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

If there is no 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Great Preston water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact 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 Great Preston taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Great Preston 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 impermeate the Great Preston water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Great Preston water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Great Preston LS26

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The speed of your internet connection at your Great Preston home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Great Preston 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?

Great Preston Average Download Speed Great Preston Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Great Preston. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Great Preston?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Great Preston.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Great Preston is what's available. Whilst many homes in Great Preston can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Great Preston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Great Preston
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds 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 Great Preston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Great Preston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Great Preston.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Great Preston broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Great Preston. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Great Preston. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Great Preston Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Great Preston also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Great Preston home will be an important thing to consider.

Great Preston broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Great Preston internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Great Preston.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Great Preston?

The average speed of broadband in Great Preston is:

Great Preston Average Download Speed Great Preston Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 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 - 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Great Preston, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Great Preston home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Great Preston.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Great Preston

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

How much does an 01806 Great Preston call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 in Great Preston

Residents in Great Preston are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Great Preston home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Great Preston distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Great Preston 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 Great Preston

The electricity distribution network operator for Great Preston 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 Great Preston

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Great Preston

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Great Preston, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Great Preston.