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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Roundhay

If you've moved and have questions about Roundhay? Our complete guide to utilities in Roundhay will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Roundhay water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Roundhay.

About Roundhay, West Yorkshire

Roundhay LS8 has a population of 22,546 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Roundhay?

Roundhay water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Roundhay

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Roundhay water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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 submit your request on 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

Cost of water in Roundhay

Water bill in Roundhay

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

Metered Customers in Roundhay

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Roundhay 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 are for the consumption at your Roundhay home.

Unmetered Customers in Roundhay

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Roundhay will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Roundhay water rates will 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Roundhay might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Roundhay?

The average water bill Roundhay residents are being charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Roundhay 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Roundhay bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Roundhay?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Roundhay LS8, 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.

Roundhay Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Roundhay

Is the tap water in Roundhay safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Roundhay come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Roundhay:

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

How hard is the water in Roundhay

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Roundhay more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Roundhay No Water

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

If there is no water at your Roundhay home, is the problem 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 Roundhay.

If you don't have any 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 why you have 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. 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.

Roundhay water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Roundhay property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Roundhay taste strange?

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Roundhay LS8

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Roundhay home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Roundhay 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?

Roundhay Average Download Speed Roundhay Average Upload Speed
92.47 Mbps 16.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Roundhay. 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 this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

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. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Roundhay.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Roundhay is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Roundhay should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Roundhay?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Roundhay
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Roundhay homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Roundhay.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Roundhay.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Roundhay broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Roundhay. 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. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Roundhay. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Roundhay Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Roundhay also needs consideration, 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 playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Roundhay home will be an important thing to consider.

Roundhay broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Roundhay internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Roundhay.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Roundhay have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Roundhay?

The average broadband speed in Roundhay is:

Roundhay Average Download Speed Roundhay Average Upload Speed
92.47 Mbps 16.40 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 - 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 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 Roundhay, from there it's connected to your home 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 Roundhay home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Roundhay.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Roundhay

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

How much does an 01806 Roundhay call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Roundhay

Residents of Roundhay can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional 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 Roundhay home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Roundhay distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Roundhay in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Roundhay

The electricity distribution network operator for Roundhay 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 Roundhay

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Roundhay

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Roundhay, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Roundhay.

Closest five municipalities to Roundhay
Municipality Distance from Roundhay
Fearnville -
Gledhow -
Harehills -
Swarcliffe 2.08 miles