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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Northowram

If you just moved and have some questions about Northowram? Our utilities guide to Northowram will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Northowram water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Northowram.

About Northowram, West Yorkshire

Northowram HX3 has a population of 11,618 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Northowram?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Northowram

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Northowram water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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 get in touch 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.

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

Water rates in Northowram

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

Metered Customers in Northowram

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Northowram 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 are for the consumption at your Northowram home.

Unmetered Customers in Northowram

Customers without a meter at their Northowram 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 Northowram home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Northowram is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Northowram water rates would have been 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Northowram 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 Northowram?

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

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How do I pay my Northowram water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 Northowram bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Northowram?

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

Northowram Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Northowram

Is tap water in Northowram safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Northowram come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Northowram:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Northowram

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Northowram contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Northowram No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Northowram home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Northowram.

If there is no water at your Northowram home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Northowram.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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 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.

Northowram water leak or flooding

Northowram water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Northowram home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Northowram property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Northowram taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Northowram 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 impermeate the Northowram 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 Northowram water.

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

Internet in Northowram HX3

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Northowram with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Northowram Average Download Speed Northowram Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Northowram. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Northowram?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Northowram.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Northowram is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Northowram should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 Northowram?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Northowram
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Northowram homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Northowram.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Northowram.
    • 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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Northowram broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Northowram. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Northowram. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Northowram Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Northowram should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Northowram home will be an important thing to consider.

Northowram broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Northowram broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Northowram.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Northowram have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Northowram?

The average broadband speed in Northowram is:

Northowram Average Download Speed Northowram Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Northowram, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Northowram house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Northowram.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Northowram

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Northowram is 01806. When making a call to someone in Northowram, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Northowram call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Supply in Northowram

Residents in Northowram 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 known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Northowram home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Northowram distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Northowram 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 Northowram

The electricity distribution network operator for Northowram 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 Northowram

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

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%). Furthermore, 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Northowram

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Northowram, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Northowram.