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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ovenden

Are you moving and want to know more about Ovenden? Our complete guide to utilities in Ovenden will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Ovenden water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Ovenden.

About Ovenden, West Yorkshire

Ovenden HX3 has a population of 12,351 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Ovenden?

Ovenden water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Ovenden

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

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

Water rates in Ovenden

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Water rates in Ovenden depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Ovenden water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Ovenden water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Ovenden

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Ovenden 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 Ovenden home.

Unmetered Customers in Ovenden

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Ovenden will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ovenden water prices were 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, having a water meter installed at your Ovenden may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Ovenden?

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

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How do I pay my Ovenden water bill?

You will first need to 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Ovenden bill. While some customers like an 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 Ovenden?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ovenden HX3, 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.

Ovenden Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ovenden

Is the tap water in Ovenden safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ovenden come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ovenden:

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

Is the water hard in Ovenden

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 in Ovenden is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Ovenden is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Ovenden 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Ovenden No Water

If you have no water in your Ovenden home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Ovenden.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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. 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Ovenden water leak or flooding

Ovenden water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Ovenden home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Ovenden 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 can access the internet from your 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 Ovenden taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Ovenden water this may be due to 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 infuse the Ovenden water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Ovenden water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Ovenden HX3

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Ovenden with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Ovenden Average Download Speed Ovenden Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Ovenden. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Ovenden.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Ovenden is the availability. Whilst many homes in Ovenden should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Ovenden?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Ovenden
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Ovenden homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Ovenden.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Ovenden.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ovenden broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Ovenden. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Ovenden. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Ovenden Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ovenden must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Ovenden home will be an important thing to consider.

Ovenden broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Ovenden internet connection 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 provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Ovenden.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Ovenden have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Ovenden?

The average internet speed in Ovenden is:

Ovenden Average Download Speed Ovenden Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 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 will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Ovenden, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Ovenden home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should take for a broadband service in Ovenden.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Ovenden

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Ovenden is 01806. If you call someone in Ovenden, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Ovenden call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included in that 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 uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Ovenden

Residents of Ovenden can 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 local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Ovenden home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Ovenden distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ovenden 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 for Ovenden

The electricity distribution network operator for Ovenden 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 Ovenden

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

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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Ovenden

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