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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Oakes

Are you moving and want to know more about Oakes? Our complete guide to utilities in Oakes will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Oakes water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Oakes.

About Oakes, West Yorkshire

Oakes HD3 has a population of 1,601 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Oakes?

Oakes 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 Oakes

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Oakes water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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 get in touch with 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 Oakes

Water bill in Oakes

Water rates in Oakes depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Oakes water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Oakes water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Oakes

Customers with a water meter at their Oakes house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Oakes home.

Unmetered Customers in Oakes

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Oakes will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Oakes 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Oakes could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Oakes?

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

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How do I pay my Oakes water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Oakes bill. While some customers like an 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Oakes?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Oakes HD3, 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.

Oakes Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Oakes

Is the tap water in Oakes safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Oakes come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Oakes:

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

Is the water hard in Oakes

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 Oakes is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Oakes is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Oakes contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. 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 means they should last longer.

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

Oakes No Water

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

If there is no water at your Oakes home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Oakes.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Oakes water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Oakes water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Oakes HD3

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Oakes home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Oakes 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?

Oakes Average Download Speed Oakes Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Oakes. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Oakes?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Oakes.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Oakes is the availability. Most homes in Oakes should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Oakes?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Oakes
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Oakes homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Oakes.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Oakes.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Oakes broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Oakes. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Oakes. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Oakes Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Oakes also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Oakes home is something to think about.

Oakes broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Oakes broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service 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 in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Oakes.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Oakes ask about their broadband.

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How fast is the broadband in Oakes?

The average internet speed in Oakes is:

Oakes Average Download Speed Oakes Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 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 - 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 boxes on your street in Oakes, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Oakes house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Oakes.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your 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 Oakes

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Oakes is 01806. When making a call to someone in Oakes, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Oakes call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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 a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Oakes

Residents in Oakes can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is 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 and operates the infrastructure that connect your Oakes home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Oakes distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Oakes below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Oakes

The electricity distribution network operator for Oakes 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Oakes

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Oakes

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