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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Rothwell

If you just moved and have some questions about Rothwell? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Rothwell will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Rothwell water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Rothwell.

About Rothwell, West Yorkshire

Rothwell LS26 has a population of 19,512 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Rothwell?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Rothwell

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Rothwell water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Cost of water in Rothwell

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Water rates in Rothwell will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Rothwell water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Rothwell water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Rothwell

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Rothwell 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Rothwell home.

Unmetered Customers in Rothwell

Customers without a meter at their Rothwell home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Rothwell home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Rothwell will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Rothwell water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Rothwell could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Rothwell?

The average water bill Rothwell residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Rothwell water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Rothwell bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Rothwell?

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

Rothwell Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rothwell

Is water from the tap in Rothwell safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rothwell come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rothwell:

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

How hard is the water in Rothwell

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 Rothwell is below 200ppm, this means the water in Rothwell is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Rothwell higher than. medium water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Rothwell.

  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.

Rothwell No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Rothwell home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Rothwell.

If there is no water at your Rothwell home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Rothwell.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Rothwell water leak or flooding

Rothwell water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Rothwell 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 Rothwell property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Rothwell taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Rothwell water this could be because of 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 Rothwell 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 Rothwell 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 Speed in Rothwell LS26

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Rothwell home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Rothwell 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?

Rothwell Average Download Speed Rothwell Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Rothwell. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Rothwell?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Rothwell.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Rothwell is what's available. The majority of homes in Rothwell should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Rothwell?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Rothwell
    • Fibre broadband is split 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 internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Rothwell homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Rothwell.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Rothwell.
    • 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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Rothwell broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Rothwell. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Rothwell. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Rothwell Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Rothwell must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

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

Rothwell broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Rothwell internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Rothwell.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Rothwell?

The average speed of broadband in Rothwell is:

Rothwell Average Download Speed Rothwell Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 boxes on your street in Rothwell, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Rothwell house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Rothwell.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Rothwell

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Rothwell is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Rothwell, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Rothwell call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Rothwell

Residents in Rothwell can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Rothwell distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Rothwell below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Rothwell

The electricity distribution network operator for Rothwell 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 Rothwell

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

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 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

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Rothwell

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Rothwell, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Rothwell.