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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Outwood

If you've moved and have questions about Outwood? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Outwood will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Outwood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Outwood.

About Outwood, West Yorkshire

Outwood WF1 has a population of 443 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Outwood?

Outwood water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Outwood

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

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone 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 write 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 Outwood

Water bill in Outwood

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

Metered Customers in Outwood

Customers that have a water meter at their Outwood property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Outwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Outwood

Customers who don't have a meter at their Outwood home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Outwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Outwood will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Outwood 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Outwood may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Outwood?

The average water bill Outwood residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Outwood water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 Outwood bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Outwood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Outwood WF1, 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.

Outwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Outwood

Is water from the tap in Outwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Outwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Outwood:

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

Is the water hard in Outwood

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 Outwood is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Outwood is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Outwood 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 means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Outwood.

Outwood No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Outwood 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 Outwood.

If there is no water at your Outwood home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Outwood.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Outwood water leak or flooding

Outwood water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Outwood 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 Outwood property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Outwood taste strange?

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

Internet in Outwood WF1

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The broadband speed you get at your Outwood home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Outwood 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?

Outwood Average Download Speed Outwood Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Outwood. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Outwood?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Outwood.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Outwood is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Outwood should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Outwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Outwood
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Outwood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Outwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Outwood.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Outwood broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Outwood. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Outwood. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Outwood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Outwood must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really 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 Outwood home is something to think about.

Outwood broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Outwood internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Outwood.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Outwood?

The average internet speed in Outwood is:

Outwood Average Download Speed Outwood Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Outwood, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Outwood property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Outwood.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Outwood

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Outwood is 01924. When making a call to someone in Outwood, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01924 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01924 Outwood call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included as part of 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 Outwood

People living in Outwood are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Outwood home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Outwood distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Outwood right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Outwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Outwood 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 Outwood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Outwood

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Outwood, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Outwood.

Closest five municipalities to Outwood
Municipality Distance from Outwood
Kirkthorpe 0.01 miles
Eastmoor 0.01 miles
Alverthorpe 0.01 miles
Tingley 1.06 miles