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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lawnswood

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

About Lawnswood, West Yorkshire

Lawnswood LS16 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lawnswood?

Lawnswood water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Lawnswood

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Lawnswood water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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, by composing 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 Lawnswood

Water bill in Lawnswood

Water rates in Lawnswood will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Lawnswood water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Lawnswood water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lawnswood

Customers with a water meter at their Lawnswood home will pay a fixed annual 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Lawnswood home.

Unmetered Customers in Lawnswood

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Lawnswood home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Lawnswood home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Lawnswood will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Lawnswood 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Lawnswood might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Lawnswood?

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

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How do I pay my Lawnswood water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Lawnswood bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Lawnswood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lawnswood LS16, 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.

Lawnswood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lawnswood

Is the tap water in Lawnswood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lawnswood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lawnswood:

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

How hard is the water in Lawnswood

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 Lawnswood is fewer than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Lawnswood is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Lawnswood higher than. 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 the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Lawnswood.

  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.

Lawnswood No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Lawnswood 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 Lawnswood.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lawnswood water leak or flooding

Lawnswood water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Lawnswood 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 Lawnswood property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  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 Lawnswood taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lawnswood water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Lawnswood water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lawnswood water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Lawnswood LS16

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The broadband speed you get at your Lawnswood home depends on several factors such as:

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

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Lawnswood 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?

Lawnswood Average Download Speed Lawnswood Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Lawnswood. 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.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Lawnswood?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Lawnswood.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Lawnswood is what's available. The majority of homes in Lawnswood can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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 Lawnswood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lawnswood
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, 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 has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Lawnswood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lawnswood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lawnswood.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lawnswood broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Lawnswood. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Lawnswood. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Lawnswood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Lawnswood should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Lawnswood home is going to be important.

Lawnswood broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Lawnswood internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Lawnswood.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Lawnswood?

The average speed of broadband in Lawnswood is:

Lawnswood Average Download Speed Lawnswood Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Lawnswood, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Lawnswood home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Lawnswood.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Lawnswood

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Lawnswood is 01806. If you call someone in Lawnswood, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Lawnswood call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Lawnswood

Residents of Lawnswood are free 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 regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Lawnswood home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Lawnswood distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Lawnswood 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 for Lawnswood

The electricity distribution network operator for Lawnswood 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 Lawnswood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Lawnswood

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Lawnswood, we've found the five closest municipalities to Lawnswood.