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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirkstall

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

About Kirkstall, West Yorkshire

Kirkstall LS4 has a population of 21,709 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Kirkstall?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Kirkstall

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Kirkstall water account.

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 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

Water rates in Kirkstall

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

Metered Customers in Kirkstall

Customers with a water meter at their Kirkstall house will pay an annual fixed 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 Kirkstall home.

Unmetered Customers in Kirkstall

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Kirkstall will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Kirkstall water rates would 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? 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 Kirkstall 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 Kirkstall?

The average water bill Kirkstall residents are charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Kirkstall water bill?

You will first need to 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 Kirkstall bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Kirkstall?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirkstall LS4, 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.

Kirkstall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirkstall

Is water from the tap in Kirkstall safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kirkstall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirkstall:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Kirkstall

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 Kirkstall is less than 200ppm, this means the water in Kirkstall is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Kirkstall over. medium water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. 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 Kirkstall.

  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.

Kirkstall No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Kirkstall home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Kirkstall.

If there is no water at your Kirkstall home, is the problem 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 Kirkstall.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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.

Kirkstall water leak or flooding

Kirkstall water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kirkstall 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 Kirkstall 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, 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 Kirkstall taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kirkstall 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 infuse the Kirkstall water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Kirkstall water.

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

Broadband Speed in Kirkstall LS4

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Kirkstall 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?

Kirkstall Average Download Speed Kirkstall Average Upload Speed
77.75 Mbps 16.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Kirkstall. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Kirkstall.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Kirkstall is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Kirkstall should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Kirkstall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Kirkstall
    • 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 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Kirkstall 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 Kirkstall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Kirkstall.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Kirkstall broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Kirkstall. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Kirkstall. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Kirkstall Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Kirkstall must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Kirkstall home is something to think about.

Kirkstall broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Kirkstall broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Kirkstall.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Kirkstall?

The average speed of broadband in Kirkstall is:

Kirkstall Average Download Speed Kirkstall Average Upload Speed
77.75 Mbps 16.35 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 Kirkstall, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kirkstall property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Kirkstall.

Frequent 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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so 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 Kirkstall

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Kirkstall is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Kirkstall, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Kirkstall call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to 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 unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Kirkstall

Residents in Kirkstall can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

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 Kirkstall home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirkstall 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 Kirkstall

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Kirkstall

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Kirkstall, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Kirkstall.

Closest five municipalities to Kirkstall
Municipality Distance from Kirkstall
Burley -
Hawksworth 0.49 miles
Meanwood 1.07 miles
Headingley 1.07 miles