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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Harehills

If you've moved and have questions about Harehills? Our utilities guide to Harehills is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Harehills water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Harehills.

About Harehills, West Yorkshire

Harehills LS8 has a population of 1,870 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Harehills?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Harehills

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Harehills water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water contact number Yorkshire Water Emergency contact 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.

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

Water rates in Harehills

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

Metered Customers in Harehills

Customers that have a water meter at their Harehills property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Harehills home.

Unmetered Customers in Harehills

Customers without a meter at their Harehills 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 Harehills home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Harehills will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Harehills water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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, getting a water meter for your Harehills might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Harehills?

The average water bill Harehills residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Harehills 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Harehills 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 Harehills?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Harehills LS8, 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.

Harehills Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Harehills

Is tap water in Harehills safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Harehills come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Harehills:

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

Is the water hard in Harehills

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 Harehills is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Harehills is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Harehills more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Harehills.

  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.

Harehills No Water

If you have no water in your Harehills home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Harehills.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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.

Harehills water leak or flooding

Harehills water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Harehills 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 Harehills property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Harehills taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Harehills LS8

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

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

Harehills Average Download Speed Harehills Average Upload Speed
92.47 Mbps 16.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Harehills. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Harehills?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Harehills.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Harehills is what's available. Whilst many homes in Harehills should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Harehills?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Harehills
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Harehills homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Harehills.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Harehills.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Harehills broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Harehills. 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. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Harehills. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Harehills Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Harehills must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Harehills home is going to be important.

Harehills broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Harehills broadband 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Harehills.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Harehills have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Harehills?

The average broadband speed in Harehills is:

Harehills Average Download Speed Harehills Average Upload Speed
92.47 Mbps 16.40 Mbps

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

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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Harehills, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Harehills home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Harehills.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 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 Harehills

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Harehills is 01806. When making a call to someone in Harehills, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Harehills call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your 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 don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different 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.

Electricity and Gas in Harehills

People living in Harehills can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Harehills home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Harehills distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Harehills in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Harehills

The electricity distribution network operator for Harehills 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 Harehills

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Harehills

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

Closest five municipalities to Harehills
Municipality Distance from Harehills
Fearnville -
Gledhow -
Roundhay -
Swarcliffe 2.08 miles