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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirkhamgate

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

About Kirkhamgate, West Yorkshire

Kirkhamgate WF2 has a population of 992 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Kirkhamgate?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Kirkhamgate

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Kirkhamgate water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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

You can also write to 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 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

Cost of water in Kirkhamgate

Water bill in Kirkhamgate

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

Metered Customers in Kirkhamgate

Customers that have a water meter at their Kirkhamgate property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Kirkhamgate home.

Unmetered Customers in Kirkhamgate

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Kirkhamgate home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Kirkhamgate home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Kirkhamgate will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Kirkhamgate water prices were 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Kirkhamgate might work out cheaper.

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 Kirkhamgate?

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

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How do I pay my Kirkhamgate 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 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Kirkhamgate 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Kirkhamgate?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirkhamgate WF2, 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.

Kirkhamgate Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirkhamgate

Is tap water in Kirkhamgate safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kirkhamgate come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirkhamgate:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Kirkhamgate

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 Kirkhamgate is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Kirkhamgate is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kirkhamgate 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Kirkhamgate No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Kirkhamgate 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 Kirkhamgate.

If there is no water at your Kirkhamgate home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Kirkhamgate.

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 for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Kirkhamgate water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Kirkhamgate taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kirkhamgate water this could be down to 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 Kirkhamgate water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Kirkhamgate water.

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

Internet in Kirkhamgate WF2

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Kirkhamgate Average Download Speed Kirkhamgate Average Upload Speed
73.07 Mbps 14.97 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Kirkhamgate. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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 that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Kirkhamgate?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Kirkhamgate.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Kirkhamgate is the availability. Most homes in Kirkhamgate should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Kirkhamgate?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Kirkhamgate
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Kirkhamgate homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Kirkhamgate.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Kirkhamgate.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Kirkhamgate broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Kirkhamgate. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Kirkhamgate. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Kirkhamgate Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Kirkhamgate must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Kirkhamgate home will be an important thing to consider.

Kirkhamgate broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Kirkhamgate internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service 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 making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Kirkhamgate.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Kirkhamgate?

The average speed of broadband in Kirkhamgate is:

Kirkhamgate Average Download Speed Kirkhamgate Average Upload Speed
73.07 Mbps 14.97 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 Kirkhamgate, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kirkhamgate property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Kirkhamgate.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Kirkhamgate

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Kirkhamgate is 01924. If you call someone in Kirkhamgate, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01924 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01924 Kirkhamgate call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know 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? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Kirkhamgate

People living in Kirkhamgate are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 Kirkhamgate home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Kirkhamgate distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Kirkhamgate in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Kirkhamgate

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirkhamgate 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 Kirkhamgate

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds 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, and in the coming years this is expected 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Kirkhamgate

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Kirkhamgate, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Kirkhamgate.