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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lockwood

If you've moved and have questions about Lockwood? Our utilities guide to Lockwood will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lockwood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lockwood.

About Lockwood, West Yorkshire

Lockwood HD1 has a population of 3,708 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lockwood?

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

How to reach your water provider in Lockwood

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

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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 write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 Lockwood

Water bill in Lockwood

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

Metered Customers in Lockwood

Customers that have a water meter at their Lockwood property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Lockwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Lockwood

Customers without a meter at their Lockwood home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Lockwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lockwood will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Lockwood 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 Lockwood could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Lockwood?

The average water bill Lockwood residents are billed is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Lockwood water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Lockwood bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Lockwood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lockwood HD1, 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.

Lockwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lockwood

Is tap water in Lockwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lockwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lockwood:

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

Is the water hard in Lockwood

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 Lockwood is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Lockwood is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Lockwood contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Lockwood No Water

If you have no water in your Lockwood home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Lockwood.

If there is no water at your Lockwood home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Lockwood.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lockwood water leak or flooding

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

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Lockwood water this could be down to 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 infuse the Lockwood water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Lockwood water.

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

Internet in Lockwood HD1

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Lockwood home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Lockwood with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Lockwood Average Download Speed Lockwood Average Upload Speed
85.35 Mbps 21.15 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Lockwood. 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 UK households.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Lockwood.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Lockwood is what's available. Whilst many homes in Lockwood should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Lockwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lockwood
    • Fibre broadband is split 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Lockwood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Lockwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lockwood.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Lockwood broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Lockwood. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Lockwood. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Lockwood Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lockwood also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work 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 Lockwood home is something to think about.

Lockwood broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Lockwood internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Lockwood.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Lockwood have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Lockwood?

The average broadband speed in Lockwood is:

Lockwood Average Download Speed Lockwood Average Upload Speed
85.35 Mbps 21.15 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Lockwood, 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 Lockwood home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Lockwood.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Lockwood

Corded telephone area code Lockwood

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lockwood is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Lockwood, 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 Lockwood call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Lockwood

People living in Lockwood are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional 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 Lockwood home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Lockwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Lockwood 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 Lockwood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. 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 generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Lockwood

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

Closest five municipalities to Lockwood
Municipality Distance from Lockwood
Marsh -
Hillhouse -
Huddersfield -
Sheepridge 0.17 miles
Fixby 0.17 miles