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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Oakenshaw

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

About Oakenshaw, West Yorkshire

Oakenshaw BD12 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Oakenshaw?

Oakenshaw water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Oakenshaw

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Oakenshaw water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

Price of water in Oakenshaw

Water bill in Oakenshaw

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

Metered Customers in Oakenshaw

Customers that have a water meter at their Oakenshaw 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 Oakenshaw home.

Unmetered Customers in Oakenshaw

Customers who don't have a meter at their Oakenshaw home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Oakenshaw home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Oakenshaw is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Oakenshaw water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Oakenshaw may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Oakenshaw?

The average water bill Oakenshaw residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Oakenshaw water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Oakenshaw bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Oakenshaw?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Oakenshaw BD12, 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.

Oakenshaw Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Oakenshaw

Is tap water in Oakenshaw safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Oakenshaw come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Oakenshaw:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Oakenshaw

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 rating in Oakenshaw is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Oakenshaw is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Oakenshaw contains just trace amounts 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 extends their lifespan.

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

Oakenshaw No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Oakenshaw water leak or flooding

Oakenshaw water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Oakenshaw home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Oakenshaw property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Oakenshaw taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Oakenshaw 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 Oakenshaw water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Oakenshaw water.

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

Broadband in Oakenshaw BD12

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • 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 internet speed in Oakenshaw with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Oakenshaw Average Download Speed Oakenshaw Average Upload Speed
97.00 Mbps 15.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Oakenshaw. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Oakenshaw?

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 could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Oakenshaw.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Oakenshaw is the availability. The majority of homes in Oakenshaw should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Oakenshaw?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Oakenshaw
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Oakenshaw homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Oakenshaw.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Oakenshaw.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Oakenshaw broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Oakenshaw. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Oakenshaw. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Oakenshaw Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Oakenshaw must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Oakenshaw home is going to be important.

Oakenshaw broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Oakenshaw internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Oakenshaw.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Oakenshaw have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Oakenshaw?

The average internet speed in Oakenshaw is:

Oakenshaw Average Download Speed Oakenshaw Average Upload Speed
97.00 Mbps 15.10 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Oakenshaw, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Oakenshaw house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Oakenshaw.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and 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 don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Oakenshaw

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Oakenshaw is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Oakenshaw, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Oakenshaw call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Oakenshaw

Residents in Oakenshaw are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Oakenshaw home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Oakenshaw distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Oakenshaw right here.

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 Oakenshaw

The electricity distribution network operator for Oakenshaw 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 Oakenshaw

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Oakenshaw

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Oakenshaw, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Oakenshaw.

Closest five municipalities to Oakenshaw
Municipality Distance from Oakenshaw
Wyke -
Buttershaw 0.55 miles
Wibsey 0.55 miles
East Bierley 2.07 miles
Tong 2.07 miles