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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Holbeck

Are you moving and want to know more about Holbeck? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Holbeck will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Holbeck water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Holbeck.

About Holbeck, West Yorkshire

Holbeck LS11 has a population of 5,505 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Holbeck?

Holbeck water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Holbeck

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Holbeck water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Holbeck

Water bill in Holbeck

Water rates in Holbeck are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Holbeck water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Holbeck water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Holbeck

Customers with a water meter at their Holbeck home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Holbeck home.

Unmetered Customers in Holbeck

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Holbeck home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Holbeck home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Holbeck is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Holbeck 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Holbeck might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Holbeck?

The average water bill Holbeck residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Holbeck water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Holbeck bill. While some customers like an annual payment, 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 Holbeck?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Holbeck LS11, 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.

Holbeck Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Holbeck

Is tap water in Holbeck safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Holbeck come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Holbeck:

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

Is the water hard in Holbeck

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Holbeck over. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Holbeck.

  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.

Holbeck No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Holbeck home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Holbeck.

If there is no water at your Holbeck home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Holbeck.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to 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. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Holbeck water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Holbeck taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Holbeck water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Holbeck water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Holbeck water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Holbeck LS11

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Holbeck home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Holbeck with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Holbeck Average Download Speed Holbeck Average Upload Speed
81.80 Mbps 16.85 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Holbeck. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Holbeck?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Holbeck.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Holbeck is the issue of availability. Most homes in Holbeck should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Holbeck?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Holbeck
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Holbeck homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Holbeck.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Holbeck.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Holbeck broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Holbeck. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Holbeck. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Holbeck Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Holbeck must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Holbeck home will be an important thing to consider.

Holbeck broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Holbeck broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Holbeck.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Holbeck ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Holbeck?

The average speed of broadband in Holbeck is:

Holbeck Average Download Speed Holbeck Average Upload Speed
81.80 Mbps 16.85 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Holbeck, it's then connected to your house 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 Holbeck home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Holbeck.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Holbeck

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Holbeck is 01806. When making a call to someone in Holbeck, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Holbeck call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Holbeck

Residents of Holbeck can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Holbeck distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Holbeck in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Holbeck

The electricity distribution network operator for Holbeck 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

There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  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 Holbeck

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Holbeck

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Holbeck, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Holbeck.

Closest five municipalities to Holbeck
Municipality Distance from Holbeck
Beeston Hill -
Wortley 0.61 miles
Armley 0.61 miles
Farnley 0.61 miles