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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Lightcliffe

Are you moving and want to know more about Lightcliffe? Our complete guide to utilities in Lightcliffe is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lightcliffe water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lightcliffe.

About Lightcliffe, West Yorkshire

Lightcliffe HX3 has a population of 11,308 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lightcliffe?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Lightcliffe

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

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone 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 also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 Lightcliffe

Water bill in Lightcliffe

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

Metered Customers in Lightcliffe

Customers with a water meter at their Lightcliffe 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Lightcliffe home.

Unmetered Customers in Lightcliffe

Customers without a meter at their Lightcliffe home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Lightcliffe home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Lightcliffe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Lightcliffe 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Lightcliffe might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Lightcliffe?

The average water bill Lightcliffe residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Lightcliffe water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Lightcliffe 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. After 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 Lightcliffe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lightcliffe HX3, 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.

Lightcliffe Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lightcliffe

Is tap water in Lightcliffe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lightcliffe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lightcliffe:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lightcliffe

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 Lightcliffe is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Lightcliffe is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Lightcliffe contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Lightcliffe.

Lightcliffe No Water

If you have no water in your Lightcliffe home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Lightcliffe.

If there is no water at your Lightcliffe home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Lightcliffe.

If your home has no 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 explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Lightcliffe water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lightcliffe taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lightcliffe 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 affect it by infusing your Lightcliffe water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Lightcliffe water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Lightcliffe HX3

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The speed of your internet connection at your Lightcliffe home depends on several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Lightcliffe with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Lightcliffe Average Download Speed Lightcliffe Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Lightcliffe. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Lightcliffe?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Lightcliffe.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Lightcliffe is the availability. The majority of homes in Lightcliffe can take advantage of superfast' or fibre 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Lightcliffe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Lightcliffe
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lightcliffe homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lightcliffe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Lightcliffe.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Lightcliffe broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Lightcliffe. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Lightcliffe. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Lightcliffe Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Lightcliffe also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Lightcliffe home is going to be important.

Lightcliffe broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Lightcliffe internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Lightcliffe.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Lightcliffe?

The average speed of broadband in Lightcliffe is:

Lightcliffe Average Download Speed Lightcliffe Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Lightcliffe, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Lightcliffe house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Lightcliffe.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Lightcliffe

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lightcliffe is 01806. If you call someone in Lightcliffe, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Lightcliffe call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Lightcliffe

People living in Lightcliffe are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Lightcliffe home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Lightcliffe distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lightcliffe in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lightcliffe

The electricity distribution network operator for Lightcliffe 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 Lightcliffe

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Lightcliffe

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Lightcliffe, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Lightcliffe.