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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Oulton

If you just moved and have some questions about Oulton? Our complete guide to utilities in Oulton is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Oulton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Oulton.

About Oulton, West Yorkshire

Oulton LS26 has a population of 621 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Oulton?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Oulton

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Oulton water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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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Additionally, you can communicate with 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.

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 Oulton

Water bill in Oulton

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

Metered Customers in Oulton

Customers that have a water meter at their Oulton home will pay a fixed annual 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 Oulton home.

Unmetered Customers in Oulton

Customers without a meter at their Oulton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Oulton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Oulton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Oulton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, getting a water meter for your Oulton may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Oulton?

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

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How do I pay my Oulton water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Oulton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Oulton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Oulton LS26, 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.

Oulton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Oulton

Is tap water in Oulton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Oulton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Oulton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Oulton

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 Oulton is less than 200ppm, this means the water in Oulton is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Oulton higher than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Oulton.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Oulton No Water

If you have no water in your Oulton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Oulton.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Oulton water leak or flooding

Oulton water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Oulton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Oulton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Oulton taste strange?

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

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Oulton LS26

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

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Oulton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Oulton Average Download Speed Oulton Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Oulton. 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, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Oulton?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Oulton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Oulton is what's available. Whilst many homes in Oulton can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

How can I connect to the internet in Oulton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Oulton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Oulton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Oulton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Oulton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Oulton broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Oulton. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Oulton. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Oulton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Oulton 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.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Oulton home is going to be important.

Oulton broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Oulton broadband internet is really important. 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 high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Oulton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Oulton?

The average internet speed in Oulton is:

Oulton Average Download Speed Oulton Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 a green box on your street in Oulton, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Oulton house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Oulton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so 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 Oulton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Oulton is 0113. If you're calling somebody in Oulton, and you are in a different area, you must add 0113 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0113 Oulton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Oulton

Residents of Oulton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of 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 supplies your Oulton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Oulton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Oulton right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Oulton

The electricity distribution network operator for Oulton 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 Oulton

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

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 small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Oulton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Oulton, we've found the closest five municipalities to Oulton.