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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirkstall Valley

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

About Kirkstall Valley, West Yorkshire

Kirkstall Valley LS4 has a population of 20,673 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 Valley?

Kirkstall Valley water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Kirkstall Valley

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Kirkstall Valley water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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 write to Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

Cost of water in Kirkstall Valley

Water bill in Kirkstall Valley

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

Metered Customers in Kirkstall Valley

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

Unmetered Customers in Kirkstall Valley

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Kirkstall Valley is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Kirkstall Valley 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Kirkstall Valley could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Kirkstall Valley?

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

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How do I pay my Kirkstall Valley water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 Valley bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Kirkstall Valley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirkstall Valley 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 Valley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirkstall Valley

Is tap water in Kirkstall Valley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kirkstall Valley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirkstall Valley:

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

How hard is the water in Kirkstall Valley

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 rating in Kirkstall Valley is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Kirkstall Valley is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kirkstall Valley over. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Kirkstall Valley.

  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 Valley No Water

If you have no water in your Kirkstall Valley 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 Kirkstall Valley.

If there is no water at your Kirkstall Valley 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 Kirkstall Valley.

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 information explaining the reason your home has 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 Valley water leak or flooding

Kirkstall Valley water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Kirkstall Valley 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 Kirkstall Valley property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Kirkstall Valley taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Kirkstall Valley 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 infuse the Kirkstall Valley water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Kirkstall Valley water.

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

Internet in Kirkstall Valley LS4

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The broadband speed you get at your Kirkstall Valley home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Kirkstall Valley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Kirkstall Valley Average Download Speed Kirkstall Valley Average Upload Speed
77.75 Mbps 16.35 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Kirkstall Valley. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Kirkstall Valley?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Kirkstall Valley.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Kirkstall Valley is the availability. Most homes in Kirkstall Valley should be able to enjoy 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast 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 Valley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Kirkstall Valley
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Kirkstall Valley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Kirkstall Valley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Kirkstall Valley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Kirkstall Valley broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Kirkstall Valley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Kirkstall Valley. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Kirkstall Valley Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Kirkstall Valley should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Kirkstall Valley home is going to be important.

Kirkstall Valley broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Kirkstall Valley internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to 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 Kirkstall Valley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Kirkstall Valley?

The average internet speed in Kirkstall Valley is:

Kirkstall Valley Average Download Speed Kirkstall Valley 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Kirkstall Valley, 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 Kirkstall Valley property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Kirkstall Valley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Kirkstall Valley

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Kirkstall Valley is 01806. When making a call to someone in Kirkstall Valley, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Kirkstall Valley call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Kirkstall Valley

Residents in Kirkstall Valley are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Kirkstall Valley home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Kirkstall Valley distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Kirkstall Valley below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Kirkstall Valley

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirkstall Valley 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 Kirkstall Valley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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 electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Kirkstall Valley

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Kirkstall Valley, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Kirkstall Valley.

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