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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ossett

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

About Ossett, West Yorkshire

Ossett WF5 has a population of 21,231 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Ossett?

Ossett 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 Ossett

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Ossett water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main 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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Additionally, you can communicate 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 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 Ossett

Water bill in Ossett

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

Metered Customers in Ossett

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

Unmetered Customers in Ossett

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Ossett home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Ossett home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ossett is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Ossett 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Ossett might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ossett?

The average water bill Ossett residents are being charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Ossett 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Ossett bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Ossett?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ossett WF5, 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.

Ossett Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Ossett have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ossett

Is the tap water in Ossett safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ossett come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ossett:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Ossett

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Ossett 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Ossett No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Ossett home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Ossett.

If there is no water at your Ossett home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Ossett.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. 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. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Ossett water leak or flooding

Ossett water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Ossett 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 Ossett 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 have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Ossett taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Ossett water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Ossett water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Ossett 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.

Broadband in Ossett WF5

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Ossett with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Ossett Average Download Speed Ossett Average Upload Speed
94.13 Mbps 19.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Ossett. 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 is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Ossett.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Ossett is the availability. Most homes in Ossett should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Ossett?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Ossett
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Ossett homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Ossett.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ossett.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Ossett broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Ossett. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Ossett. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ossett Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ossett 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 keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Ossett home will be an important thing to consider.

Ossett broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Ossett broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ossett.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Ossett?

The average internet speed in Ossett is:

Ossett Average Download Speed Ossett Average Upload Speed
94.13 Mbps 19.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of 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 Ossett, 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 Ossett home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Ossett.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel 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 Ossett

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Ossett is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Ossett, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Ossett call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone 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 Ossett

Residents in Ossett can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Ossett home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Ossett distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Ossett 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 in Ossett

The electricity distribution network operator for Ossett 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 Ossett

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Ossett

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

Closest five municipalities to Ossett
Municipality Distance from Ossett
Walton (Wakefield) 2.22 miles
Thornes 2.22 miles
Sandal 2.22 miles
Lupset 2.22 miles
Kettlethorpe 2.22 miles