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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Halifax

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

About Halifax, West Yorkshire

Halifax HX1 has a population of 88,134 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Halifax?

Halifax water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Halifax

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

Below, you can find the principal 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Halifax

Water bill in Halifax

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

Metered Customers in Halifax

Customers with a water meter at their Halifax 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 Halifax home.

Unmetered Customers in Halifax

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Halifax home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Halifax home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Halifax is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Halifax water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, getting a water meter for your Halifax could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Halifax?

The average water bill Halifax residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Halifax 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Halifax bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Halifax?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Halifax HX1, 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.

Halifax Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Halifax

Is tap water in Halifax safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Halifax come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Halifax:

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

Is the water hard in Halifax

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 Halifax is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Halifax is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Halifax contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. 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 Halifax.

Halifax No Water

If you have no water in your Halifax home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Halifax.

If there is no water at your Halifax 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 Halifax.

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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Halifax water leak or flooding

Halifax water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Halifax 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 Halifax property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Halifax taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Halifax water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Halifax water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Halifax 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 in Halifax HX1

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The speed of your internet connection at your Halifax 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're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Halifax with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Halifax Average Download Speed Halifax Average Upload Speed
77.10 Mbps 12.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Halifax. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Halifax.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Halifax is the availability. Most homes in Halifax should be able to enjoy 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

What are the different types of connection in Halifax?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Halifax
    • Fibre broadband is split 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 connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Halifax homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Halifax.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Halifax.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Halifax broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Halifax. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Halifax. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Halifax Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Halifax should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Halifax home is something to think about.

Halifax broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Halifax internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them 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 Halifax.

Broadband FAQ

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

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What's the average broadband speed in Halifax?

The average speed of broadband in Halifax is:

Halifax Average Download Speed Halifax Average Upload Speed
77.10 Mbps 12.70 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Halifax, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Halifax house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Halifax.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Halifax

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Halifax is 01422. If you're calling somebody in Halifax, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01422 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01422 Halifax call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with 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 are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Halifax

Residents in Halifax 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 maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Halifax home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Halifax distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Halifax 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 for Halifax

The electricity distribution network operator for Halifax 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 Halifax

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

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 percentage was produced from 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 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Halifax

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Halifax, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Halifax.

Closest five municipalities to Halifax
Municipality Distance from Halifax
Skircoat Green 0.88 miles
Shelf 0.88 miles
Ovenden 0.88 miles
Northowram 0.88 miles
Norwood Green 0.88 miles