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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kirkthorpe

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

About Kirkthorpe, West Yorkshire

Kirkthorpe WF1 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Kirkthorpe?

Kirkthorpe water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Kirkthorpe

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Kirkthorpe water account.

In the table below you will find the 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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Additionally, you can communicate 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

Price of water in Kirkthorpe

Water bill in Kirkthorpe

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

Metered Customers in Kirkthorpe

Customers with a water meter at their Kirkthorpe 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 Kirkthorpe home.

Unmetered Customers in Kirkthorpe

Customers without a meter at their Kirkthorpe home have 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 Kirkthorpe home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Kirkthorpe will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Kirkthorpe 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Kirkthorpe could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Kirkthorpe?

The average water bill Kirkthorpe residents are billed is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Kirkthorpe water bill?

You will first 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Kirkthorpe bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Kirkthorpe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kirkthorpe WF1, 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.

Kirkthorpe Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kirkthorpe

Is the tap water in Kirkthorpe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kirkthorpe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kirkthorpe:

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

How hard is the water in Kirkthorpe

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 Kirkthorpe is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Kirkthorpe is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kirkthorpe 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Kirkthorpe No Water

If you have no water in your Kirkthorpe home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Kirkthorpe.

If there is no water at your Kirkthorpe 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 Kirkthorpe.

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. Check 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Kirkthorpe water leak or flooding

Kirkthorpe water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kirkthorpe home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Kirkthorpe property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Kirkthorpe taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Kirkthorpe water this could be because of 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 Kirkthorpe 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 Kirkthorpe water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Kirkthorpe WF1

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Kirkthorpe 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?

Kirkthorpe Average Download Speed Kirkthorpe Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Kirkthorpe. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available 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 it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Kirkthorpe.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Kirkthorpe is the availability. Most homes in Kirkthorpe 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 as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Kirkthorpe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Kirkthorpe
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Kirkthorpe homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Kirkthorpe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Kirkthorpe.
    • 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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Kirkthorpe broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Kirkthorpe. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Kirkthorpe. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Kirkthorpe Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Kirkthorpe must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, 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 watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Kirkthorpe home is something to think about.

Kirkthorpe broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Kirkthorpe broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Kirkthorpe.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Kirkthorpe?

The average internet speed in Kirkthorpe is:

Kirkthorpe Average Download Speed Kirkthorpe Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 reduces as you get further away 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 a green box on your street in Kirkthorpe, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kirkthorpe house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Kirkthorpe.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Kirkthorpe

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Kirkthorpe is 01924. When making a call to someone in Kirkthorpe, 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 Kirkthorpe call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call 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 Kirkthorpe

Residents in Kirkthorpe are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Kirkthorpe home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Kirkthorpe distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Kirkthorpe below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Kirkthorpe

The electricity distribution network operator for Kirkthorpe 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 Kirkthorpe

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Kirkthorpe

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Kirkthorpe, we've found the closest five municipalities to Kirkthorpe.

Closest five municipalities to Kirkthorpe
Municipality Distance from Kirkthorpe
Outwood 0.01 miles
Eastmoor 0.01 miles
Alverthorpe 0.01 miles
Tingley 1.06 miles