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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Heckmondwike

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

About Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire

Heckmondwike WF16 has a population of 12,085 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Heckmondwike?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Heckmondwike

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Heckmondwike water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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

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 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

Price of water in Heckmondwike

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Water rates in Heckmondwike will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Heckmondwike water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Heckmondwike water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Heckmondwike

Customers with a water meter at their Heckmondwike home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Heckmondwike home.

Unmetered Customers in Heckmondwike

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Heckmondwike is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Heckmondwike water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike?

The average water bill Heckmondwike residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Heckmondwike water bill?

You will first need to 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Heckmondwike bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Heckmondwike?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Heckmondwike WF16, 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.

Heckmondwike Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Heckmondwike

Is water from the tap in Heckmondwike safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Heckmondwike come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Heckmondwike:

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

Is the water hard in Heckmondwike

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 Heckmondwike is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Heckmondwike is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Heckmondwike contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Heckmondwike.

Heckmondwike No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Heckmondwike home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Heckmondwike.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

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

Heckmondwike water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Heckmondwike property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Heckmondwike taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Heckmondwike 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 affect it by infusing your Heckmondwike water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Heckmondwike water.

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

Broadband Speed in Heckmondwike WF16

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The speed of your internet connection at your Heckmondwike home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Heckmondwike 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?

Heckmondwike Average Download Speed Heckmondwike Average Upload Speed
68.20 Mbps 10.60 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Heckmondwike. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Heckmondwike?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Heckmondwike.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Heckmondwike is what's available. The majority of homes in Heckmondwike should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Heckmondwike?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Heckmondwike
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Heckmondwike homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Heckmondwike.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Heckmondwike.
    • 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, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Heckmondwike broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Heckmondwike. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Heckmondwike. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Heckmondwike Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Heckmondwike 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 do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Heckmondwike home will be an important thing to consider.

Heckmondwike broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Heckmondwike broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Heckmondwike.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Heckmondwike?

The average broadband speed in Heckmondwike is:

Heckmondwike Average Download Speed Heckmondwike Average Upload Speed
68.20 Mbps 10.60 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 - 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 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 Heckmondwike, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Heckmondwike property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Heckmondwike.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so 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 Heckmondwike

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Heckmondwike is 01806. If you call someone in Heckmondwike, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Heckmondwike call cost?

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

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Heckmondwike

Residents of Heckmondwike are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of 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 Heckmondwike home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Heckmondwike distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike

The electricity distribution network operator for Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds 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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Heckmondwike

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

Closest five municipalities to Heckmondwike
Municipality Distance from Heckmondwike
Roberttown 0.93 miles
Batley 1.58 miles
Staincliffe 1.88 miles