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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Heaton

Are you moving and want to know more about Heaton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Heaton is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Heaton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Heaton.

About Heaton, West Yorkshire

Heaton BD9 has a population of 17,121 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Heaton?

Heaton water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Heaton

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Heaton water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate 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 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

Cost of water in Heaton

Water bill in Heaton

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

Metered Customers in Heaton

Customers that have a water meter at their Heaton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Heaton home.

Unmetered Customers in Heaton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Heaton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Heaton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Heaton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Heaton 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Heaton may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Heaton?

The average water bill Heaton residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Heaton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Heaton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for 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 Heaton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Heaton BD9, 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.

Heaton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Heaton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Heaton

Is the tap water in Heaton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Heaton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Heaton:

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

Is the water hard in Heaton

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Heaton contains a minimal level 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 extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Heaton.

Heaton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Heaton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Heaton.

If there is no water at your Heaton 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 Heaton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Heaton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Heaton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Heaton taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Heaton 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 impermeate the Heaton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Heaton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Heaton BD9

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Heaton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Heaton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Heaton Average Download Speed Heaton Average Upload Speed
93.40 Mbps 16.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Heaton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Heaton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Heaton.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Heaton is the availability. Most homes in Heaton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Heaton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Heaton
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Heaton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Heaton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Heaton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Heaton broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Heaton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Heaton. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Heaton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Heaton also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Heaton home is going to be important.

Heaton broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Heaton broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Heaton.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Heaton have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Heaton?

The average internet speed in Heaton is:

Heaton Average Download Speed Heaton Average Upload Speed
93.40 Mbps 16.20 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Heaton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Heaton home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Heaton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Heaton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Heaton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Heaton, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Heaton call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Heaton

People living in Heaton are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Heaton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Heaton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Heaton right here.

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 Heaton

The electricity distribution network operator for Heaton 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 Heaton

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Heaton

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Heaton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Heaton.

Closest five municipalities to Heaton
Municipality Distance from Heaton
Lower Grange 1.13 miles
Manningham 1.13 miles
Girlington 1.13 miles
Fagley 1.36 miles