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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirkheaton

If you've moved and have questions about Kirkheaton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Kirkheaton is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Kirkheaton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Kirkheaton.

About Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire

Kirkheaton HD5 has a population of 4,209 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Kirkheaton?

Kirkheaton water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Kirkheaton

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Kirkheaton water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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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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.

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 Kirkheaton

Water bill in Kirkheaton

Water rates in Kirkheaton will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Kirkheaton water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Kirkheaton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Kirkheaton

Customers with a water meter at their Kirkheaton 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Kirkheaton home.

Unmetered Customers in Kirkheaton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Kirkheaton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Kirkheaton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Kirkheaton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Kirkheaton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Kirkheaton may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Kirkheaton?

The average water bill Kirkheaton residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Kirkheaton water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Kirkheaton 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Kirkheaton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirkheaton HD5, 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.

Kirkheaton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirkheaton

Is water from the tap in Kirkheaton safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Kirkheaton. You can rest assured that Kirkheaton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Kirkheaton water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Kirkheaton water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Kirkheaton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirkheaton:

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

How hard is the water in Kirkheaton

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 rating for water hardness in Kirkheaton is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Kirkheaton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Kirkheaton 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Kirkheaton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Kirkheaton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Kirkheaton.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. 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 information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Kirkheaton water leak or flooding

Kirkheaton water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kirkheaton 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 Kirkheaton property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact 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 Kirkheaton taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Kirkheaton water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Kirkheaton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Kirkheaton water.

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

Broadband in Kirkheaton HD5

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Kirkheaton 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?

Kirkheaton Average Download Speed Kirkheaton Average Upload Speed
79.23 Mbps 19.67 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Kirkheaton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out 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 currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Kirkheaton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Kirkheaton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Kirkheaton is what's available. Whilst many homes in Kirkheaton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Kirkheaton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Kirkheaton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach 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 Kirkheaton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Kirkheaton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Kirkheaton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Kirkheaton broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Kirkheaton. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Kirkheaton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Kirkheaton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Kirkheaton also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet 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 that without a reliable internet connection for your Kirkheaton home is going to be important.

Kirkheaton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Kirkheaton broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Kirkheaton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Kirkheaton?

The average internet speed in Kirkheaton is:

Kirkheaton Average Download Speed Kirkheaton Average Upload Speed
79.23 Mbps 19.67 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 boxes on your street in Kirkheaton, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kirkheaton 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 .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should take when getting connected in Kirkheaton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Kirkheaton

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

How much does an 01806 Kirkheaton call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that 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 uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 Kirkheaton

People living in Kirkheaton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Kirkheaton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Kirkheaton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Kirkheaton 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 responsible for Kirkheaton

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirkheaton 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 Kirkheaton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Kirkheaton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Kirkheaton, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Kirkheaton.

Closest five municipalities to Kirkheaton
Municipality Distance from Kirkheaton
Moldgreen -
Dalton -
Almondbury -
Mirfield 1.81 miles
Hopton 1.81 miles