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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Idle

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

About Idle, West Yorkshire

Idle BD10 has a population of 16,135 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Idle?

Idle water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Idle

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Idle water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Idle

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Water rates in Idle depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Idle water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Idle water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Idle

Customers with a water meter at their Idle house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Idle home.

Unmetered Customers in Idle

Customers without a meter at their Idle home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Idle home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Idle will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Idle water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, having a water meter installed at your Idle may save you money.

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 Idle?

The average water bill Idle residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Idle water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Idle bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Idle?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Idle BD10, 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.

Idle Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Idle

Is tap water in Idle safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Idle come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Idle:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Idle

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 Idle is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Idle is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Idle contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home 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 Idle.

Idle No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Idle water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Idle property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Idle taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Idle water this could be down to 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 affect it by infusing your Idle water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Idle water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Idle BD10

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Idle 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?

Idle Average Download Speed Idle Average Upload Speed
85.60 Mbps 18.30 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Idle. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Idle.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Idle is the availability. The majority of homes in Idle can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Idle?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Idle
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Idle homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Idle.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Idle.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Idle broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Idle. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Idle. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Idle Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Idle should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Idle home will be an important thing to consider.

Idle broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Idle internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Idle.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Idle ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Idle?

The average speed of broadband in Idle is:

Idle Average Download Speed Idle Average Upload Speed
85.60 Mbps 18.30 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Idle, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Idle home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Idle.

Main 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
3-5 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Idle

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Idle is 01806. When making a call to someone in Idle, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Idle call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Idle

Residents in Idle are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Idle home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Idle distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Idle right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Idle

The electricity distribution network operator for Idle 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Idle

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, only one will still be generating energy 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Idle

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Idle, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Idle.

Closest five municipalities to Idle
Municipality Distance from Idle
Greengates -
Thackley -
Baildon 1.55 miles
Shipley 1.55 miles