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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Outlane

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

About Outlane, West Yorkshire

Outlane HD3 has a population of 710 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Outlane?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Outlane

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Outlane water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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

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.

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 Outlane

Water bill in Outlane

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

Metered Customers in Outlane

Customers that have a water meter at their Outlane home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Outlane home.

Unmetered Customers in Outlane

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Outlane home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Outlane home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Outlane will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Outlane 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Outlane could be 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 Outlane?

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

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How do I pay my Outlane water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Outlane bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Outlane?

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

Outlane Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Outlane

Is the tap water in Outlane safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Outlane come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Outlane:

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

How hard is the water in Outlane

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Outlane contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. 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 which extends their lifespan.

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

Outlane No Water

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

If there is no water at your Outlane 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 Outlane.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Outlane water leak or flooding

Outlane water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Outlane 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 Outlane property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Outlane taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Outlane 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 Outlane 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 Outlane water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Outlane HD3

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Outlane 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
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Outlane with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Outlane Average Download Speed Outlane Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Outlane. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

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

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, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Outlane.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Outlane is what's available. Whilst many homes in Outlane 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.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Outlane?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Outlane
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Outlane homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Outlane.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Outlane.
    • 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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Outlane broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Outlane. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Outlane. 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.

Outlane Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Outlane must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Outlane home is going to be important.

Outlane broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Outlane broadband internet 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 can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Outlane.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Outlane?

The average internet speed in Outlane is:

Outlane Average Download Speed Outlane Average Upload Speed
67.90 Mbps 16.77 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Outlane, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Outlane home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 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. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Outlane.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Outlane

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Outlane is 01806. When making a call to someone in Outlane, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Outlane call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone 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 don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make 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 Outlane

Residents of Outlane are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Outlane home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Outlane distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Outlane below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Outlane

The electricity distribution network operator for Outlane 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 Outlane

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Outlane

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