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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Hemsworth

If you've moved and have questions about Hemsworth? Our utilities guide to Hemsworth will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Hemsworth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Hemsworth.

About Hemsworth, West Yorkshire

Hemsworth WF9 has a population of 9,246 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Hemsworth?

Hemsworth water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Hemsworth

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Hemsworth water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 Hemsworth

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

Metered Customers in Hemsworth

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Hemsworth 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 are for the consumption at your Hemsworth home.

Unmetered Customers in Hemsworth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Hemsworth home have 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 Hemsworth home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Hemsworth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Hemsworth 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Hemsworth 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 Hemsworth?

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

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How do I pay my Hemsworth water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 Hemsworth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Hemsworth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hemsworth WF9, 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.

Hemsworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hemsworth

Is water from the tap in Hemsworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Hemsworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Hemsworth:

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

How hard is the water in Hemsworth

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 Hemsworth is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Hemsworth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Hemsworth contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Hemsworth.

Hemsworth No Water

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

If there is no water at your Hemsworth 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 Hemsworth.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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 why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet 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.

Hemsworth water leak or flooding

Hemsworth water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Hemsworth home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

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

Why does the water in Hemsworth taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Hemsworth WF9

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The broadband speed you get at your Hemsworth home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • 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 connection speed for Hemsworth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Hemsworth Average Download Speed Hemsworth Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Hemsworth. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Hemsworth?

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 could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Hemsworth.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Hemsworth is what's available. The majority of homes in Hemsworth should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Hemsworth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Hemsworth
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Hemsworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Hemsworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Hemsworth.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Hemsworth broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Hemsworth. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Hemsworth. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Hemsworth Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Hemsworth should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Hemsworth home is something to think about.

Hemsworth broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Hemsworth broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Hemsworth.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Hemsworth have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Hemsworth?

The average broadband speed in Hemsworth is:

Hemsworth Average Download Speed Hemsworth Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Hemsworth, it's then connected to your house 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 Hemsworth house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes 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 the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Hemsworth.

Usual Internet habits Recommended 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Hemsworth

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Hemsworth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Hemsworth, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Hemsworth call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Hemsworth

People living in Hemsworth are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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 Hemsworth home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Hemsworth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hemsworth 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 Hemsworth

The electricity distribution network operator for Hemsworth 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 Hemsworth

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

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

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Hemsworth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Hemsworth, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Hemsworth.